Wike And PDP’s Testimonies Prove Election Was Credible, Says Okah
Rivers State Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Emma Okah, has argued that the combined defence of the three respondents in the petition filed by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Dakuku Peterside, in the state Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja to challenge the victory of the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, has proven beyond reasonable doubts that the governorship election held in state April 11 was credibly and in substantial compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) guidelines.
The three respondents in the petitions are Wike, INEC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The three respondents called 40 witnesses from over 15 local government areas of the three senatorial districts in the state to indicate their direct participation in the governorship election under peaceful circumstances.
Among the witnesses, Okah said, were INEC Presiding Officers, Local Government Electoral Officers, senior security personnel who provided security during the election, voters and INEC National Commissioner.
The defence was consolidated by the tendering of critical election documents such as accreditation incident forms, comprehensive voters registers and the distribution /submission of governorship election forms.
The commissioner who spoke with THISDAY at the weekend, contended that the three respondents, through their defence, have proven that the petition filed by Peterside was frivolous and lacked foundation since the petition and his political party failed to call witnesses who participated in the election.
He noted that while the petitioner restricted himself to collation agents and hired security personnel, the respondents called presiding officers and voters who narrated to the tribunal the entire governorship election process.
“The security agents called by the petitioner admitted in open court that they were not at the polling stations while the Assistant Commissioner of Police, the Divisional Police Officer and the state DSS Election Commander called by the respondents maintained in open court that they were directly responsible for election security and that the governorship election was peaceful.
“As the petition heads to its closing stages with the adoption of written addresses scheduled for October 22, Nigerians are not sufficiently aware that the state APC and her governorship candidate only embarked on lies and propaganda.
“The people of the state made their choice on April 11, 2015, and that choice remains Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike,” Okah said.