• Lawyers condemn invasion of tribunal by police, DSS, as Olujimi exonerates the candidate from the illegality
  • As Operatives hunt Wike’s witnesses

wike-ameachiThe Rivers State Commander of
the Department of State Services,
DSS, for the April 11 Governorship
election, Mr. Emmanuel Phillips
has declared that the Election
was peaceful without any report
or observation of violence during
the exercise.
Also yesterday, Rivers State
Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike
presented six more voters as
witnesses who testified that the
election was peaceful, credible
devoid of ballot box snatching or
other election materials.
They said they voted in four
different Local Government
Areas, namely, Abua /Odual,
Ahoada East , Andoni and Bonny
Island, while the Rivers State DSS
Election Commander further
stated the soldiers were stationed
at border communities of the
different Local Government
Areas he visited.
The DSS Commander led 200
operatives of DSS from Abuja to
Rivers State. His 200 operatives
were merged with operatives
on ground which he also
commanded.
He declared that from the
field reports he received and his
personal field observations, there
were no cases of violence and
added that the DSS personnel
invited by the Rivers State APC
to testify lied on oath before the
tribunal.
He told the tribunal that he
patrolled 12 Local Government
Areas on election day without
encountering violence or
disruption of voting at any point.
The Local Government Areas
include: Port Harcourt, Obio/
Akpor, Degema, Emohua, Asari
Toru, Akuku Toru, Eleme, Okirika,
Ogu /Bolo, Ahoada East, Ahoada
West and Abua/Odual.
He said on arrival at various
locations, he received reports
from personnel posted to the area
in addition to making his personal
observations.
He noted that he received
reports from his sub-commanders
for the entire state including the
11 local government areas that he
could not visit.
The DSS Commander declared
that there were no reports of
violent incidents that disrupted
voting in any part of the state.
Speaking further, he said that
soldiers were not deployed to
polling units, hence they would
not have information on what
transpired at the units.
In his testimony, Samson
Joseph, who voted at Unit 2 Ward
7 of Abua/ Odual LGA said, he
was accredited manually and he
voted in a peaceful environment.
He said there were no cases
of multiple thumb printing or
snatching of ballot boxes in his
unit.
Another voter, Eugene Ojimini
Maduenyi who voted at Unit 6
Ward 1 of Ahoada East LGA said
the voting followed the approved
procedures with no form of
violence experienced at the unit.
He said all election materials
were taken to his unit.
Dok -Gin McLean, a fish
farmer who voted at Unit 4 Ward
13 of Ahoada East LGA and Jack
May who voted at Unit 5 Ward 1
declared before the tribunal that
the Election was peaceful and
credible.
A cleric, Pastor Charles Robert
Eneotu, the Presiding Pastor of
Gospel Truth Liberty Church
who voted at Unit 21 Ward
3 of Andoni LGA described
the election as peaceful and
successful.
All the voters said there were
no soldiers at their polling units
and nobody carted away ballot
boxes nor was there cases of
multiple thumb printing.
Governor Wike has so far called
19 witnesses. They include voters
and security personnel who
conducted the election. INEC
had earlier called 16 witnesses
who were presiding officers and
electoral officers.
Meanwhile, Heavily Armed
Department of State Services,
DSS, operatives stormed the
Rivers State Governorship
Election Petition Tribunal to
arrest the retired subpoenaed
commander , Emmanuel Philips
who testified that the election
was peaceful, credible and
without cases of violence.
They however could not arrest
the retired commander as lawyers
and journalists demanded for
arrest warrant which they failed
to produce.
Also Friday, the Police, made
an attempt to arrest the Assistant
Commissioner of Police, Mr.
Akuki Kenneth who testified,
but was resisted by lawyers.
Commenting on the attempted
arrest, Counsel to Governor
Nyesom Wike, Emmanuel Ukala
(SAN ) condemned the action of
the security agents.
Counsel to the PDP, Goddy
Uche (SAN ) said the action
portends danger for the judiciary
and democracy.
Chief Akin Olujimi (SAN),
Counsel to Rivers State APC
Governorship Candidate, denied
allegations that the Rivers State
APC and her governorship
candidate were behind the illegal
moves by the security agencies.


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