Seven witnesses at the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal yesterday declared that the election of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, on April 11, 2015 was peaceful, credible, free and fair.
The governor’s witnesses, who were voters during the April 11 governorship election in Rivers State confirmed that they voted in a peaceful atmosphere with the relevant electoral procedures followed, especially accreditation, voting, sorting of votes, counting and announcement of results.
The governor’s witnesses, who tendered their voters card to prove they voted before the Justice Suleiman Ambrosa-led tribunal sitting in Abuja, noted that the allegations contained in the Rivers APC petition are baseless and unsubstantiated.
The witnesses were led in evidence by his counsel, Okey Wali, SAN, and are drawn from Khana, Andoni and Tai Local Government Area of the state.
Mr. Monday Buruberi Nkodaa, a civil servant who voted at Unit 4 Ward 3 in Tai Local Government Area of April 11 noted that he was accredited with card reader, without any violence as claimed by the petitioner.
He said all electoral materials were shown to them by the INEC presiding officer, pointing out that no soldiers or mobile policemen came to his unit except conventional policemen.
Another witness, Elder Gbonose Dickson who voted at Unit 4, Ward 1 of Tai LGA stated that voting was conducted in a peaceful environment, maintaining that he did not witness any multiple thumb printing or ballot box snatching.
Another voter, Bavisa Perisa who cast his vote at Unit 1, Ward 1 in Khana LGA confirmed that he witnessed the delivery of election materials and was accredited before he voted while a traditional ruler, Chief Samson Adamgbo told the tribunal that he voted under a peaceful atmosphere at his polling station in Ward 2 of Khana Local Government Area saying that manual accreditation was used for his polling station.
Others include, Godwin Eparapie who voted at Unit 3, Ward 8 in Khana LGA who said he was accredited manually before voting under a peaceful atmosphere, further reiterated that there were no cases of violence or multiple thumb printing in his polling station. Adasigwung Isaiah who voted at Unit 14, Ward 9 of Andoni LGA and said he was accredited manually after the card reader in his unit failed but voted and was at the polling unit till the results were announced and Apah Amos who voted at Unit 5, Ward 1 in Tai LGA, confirming that the exercise was peaceful and all the election procedures followed, before results were announced.
All the witnesses said no soldiers and mobile policemen came to their polling units as security was provided by conventional policemen and Civil Defence Corps.
Under cross examination by counsel to the APC, Akin Olujimi, SAN, the voters noted that the governorship election was successful in their respective units, contrary to claims by the petitioner.

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