Witnesses tell Rivers Tribunal: No election in Obia-Akpor constituency

Witnesses tell Rivers Tribunal: No election in Obia-Akpor constituency

Thursday, September 10, 2015 9:52 pm

Kingsley Ogundu: Election challenged

Kingsley Ogundu: Election challenged

Witnesses for the All Progressives Congress at the River National Assembly and State Legislative Election Tribunal in Abuja have said that there was no election in Obia-Akpor Federal Constituency on March 28.

They made the allegation when they testified at the continuation of hearing at the tribunal on Thursday.

Mr Anthony Chindu of APC, who contested National Assembly election in the constituency, filed a petition against Rep. Kingsley Ogundu of PDP, who was declared the winner of the election.

Chindu had earlier in his petition told the tribunal that there was no election in the constituency.

The witnesses were Nwosu Michael, Alhaji Ali Bilyamin, Mathew Chike, Chukwuma Akane and Stanley Odum.

At the resumed hearing, Odum an APC party agent in ward 13, unit 13, told the tribunal that INEC provided all the electoral materials in the unit, aside the result sheet.

Odum added that though the electorate and all party agents requested for the result sheet, they were not given.

He said, “no result sheet, no election till everybody left around 6:30 p.m.

Another witness, Michael, a party agent in ward 12, unit 18, also confirmed that there no election in the area.

“I was there when INEC arrived with electoral materials, which excluded result sheet, they promised to bring the result sheet before accreditation but failed to bring it till evening,’’ he said.

He said he was shocked when Kingsley Ogundu of PDP was announced as the winner of an election that didn’t hold.

All witnesses, presented to the tribunal by their Counsel, Mr B.E.I. Nwafor (SAN), were put on oath before the resumed hearing of the case.

All the witnesses also told the tribunal they had submitted written complaints to the police in the various polling units in the constituency.

They added that they reported their observation to the chairman of the APC in the area.

Justice A. M Pindiga, the Chairman of the tribunal, adjourned the case till Sept. 11, for continuation of hearing.

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