Wike’s wit­nesses tu­tored to give false ev­i­dence - APC

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

Coun­sel to Chief Dakuku Peter­side, the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date in the April 11, 2015 gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion in Rivers State, Chief Akin­lolu Olu­jimi SAN, has said that all the wit­nesses as­sem­bled by Gover­nor Wike have come be­fore the tri­bunal to tell lies.

Gover­nor Nye­som Wike’s wit­nesses had re­fused to read to the hear­ing of the tri­bunal chair­man and mem­bers doc­u­men­tary ev­i­dence pre­sented to them on the ground that the doc­u­ments were from the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC).

“All the wit­nesses that ap­peared be­fore the tri­bunal to­day came here to tell lies. They have been tu­tored on what to say. But one thing they fail to un­der­stand is that the court knows when a wit­ness is telling lies. By the time we get to the stage where we have to ad­dress the court, we will know whether they are telling the truth or not,” Olu­jimi said.

About five wit­nesses called yesterday de­scribed the elec­tion as peace­ful in their ev­i­dence but failed to read from a re­port from the INEC which says the con­trary.

At the last ad­journed date, some of the wit­nesses called by the gover­nor to give ev­i­dence at the tri­bunal could not iden­tify their own pho­to­graphs on the vot­ers register shown to them at the tri­bunal.

They claimed the register was not leg­i­ble enough for them to iden­tify whether it con­tains their pho­to­graphs or not.

Chief Dakuku Peter­side and his party, APC dragged the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) be­fore the tri­bunal to chal­lenge the elec­tion of Gover­nor Nye­som Wike of the PDP, who was de­clared win­ner of the elec­tion by the elec­toral body.

Peter­side and his party in the pe­ti­tion are ask­ing the tri­bunal to nul­lify the elec­tion of Gover­nor Wike over al­leged ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

Hear­ing of the tri­bunal con­tin­ues to­day.

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