Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike yesterday tendered newspapers clippings wherein former INEC National Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega declared that the Rivers State Governorship Election was free, fair and credible and conducted in line with INEC guidelines and the Electoral Act.
The governor also tendered other documents to prove that he won the April 11 governorship election, which he declared was peaceful, credible and conducted in line with the Electoral Act.
Governor Wike closed his case at the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal after calling 24 Witnesses which included a former INEC National Commissioner, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, a Chief Superintendent of Police, a DSS Commander, traditional rulers, clerics, civil servants and community leaders who testified that the April 11 governorship election was peaceful and credible.
Tendering the relevant documents on behalf of Governor Wike, his lead counsel, Emmanuel Ukala, SAN, noted that the documents would assist the tribunal resolve the matter before it.
The governor also tendered his certificate of return, APC agents list, organogram of INEC in Rivers State and Rivers State APC Notice of Primaries to INEC.
Governor Wike also tendered an INEC Internal Memo in Rivers State indicating that Mr Charles Okoye who was APC’S witness from INEC was posted to work in one local government area.
He further tendered earlier reports from the said Charles Okoye to the Rivers State INEC Administrative Secretary wherein he was directed not to send a report to Abuja on the governorship election.
Counsel to the Rivers State APC, Akin Olujimi, SAN, objected to the admissibility of the documents, but told the tribunal that he will give his reasons during his final address.
Ruling, Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Suleiman Ambrosa admitted the documents in evidence.
The tribunal adjourned sitting to Thursday for Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to open her defence as third respondent in the petition filed by Dakuku Peterside, Rivers State APC Governorship Candidate in the April 11 governorship polls.


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