Rivers Election Tribunal Dismisses APC’s Forensic Request

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State. Photo Credit: Sun Newspaper.

The Rivers Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Friday, August 28th 2015 dismissed an application by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to scan and crop all the materials used for the 2015 state governorship election.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that APC and its candidate at the last governorship election, Dakuku Peterside are seeking the nullification of the election of Nyesom Wike of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The APC and its candidate are alleging that the election was characterised by irregularities and fraudulent practices.


Their application sought to inspect all the materials used for the election to prove allegations of falsification and allotment of votes for the PDP and its candidate, Nyesom Wike.

Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Muazu Pindiga had on June 11th 2015 granted APC the leave to inspect the materials used in the election.

But the APC had also applied for cropping and scanning of election materials before the Court of Appeal which will be sitting on Monday, Aug. 31.

According to Justice Pindiga, the fresh application by the APC is an abuse of the court process after it had ruled on a similar application on June11.

Pindiga said the tribunal, having gone through the submissions of the parties in the matter, holds that the fresh application by the APC had been overtaken by event.

“Although Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution provides for fair hearing of individual right, the motion for cropping, scanning of materials through forensic expert is hereby discountenanced and dismissed,’’ he said.

The chairman held that the earlier ruling on inspection of election material still subsists.

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