Rivers Tribunal grants ADP, Labour access to inspect electoral materials


Ugochukwu Iwuchukwu

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Port Harcourt has granted the requests of the candidates of Action Democratic Party Candidate VICTOR FINGESI and Labour Party ISAAC NWOWU to inspect certified materials used during the March 9th Governorship election.

The Chairman of the Tribunal Justice G.K.KAIGAMA during his ruling ordered INEC to allow the parties to inspect the materials along their party agents and consultants.

Justice G.K.KAIGAMA during its ruling said the parties are allowed to inspect every records of all forms used at the polling units across the state.

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal turned down another motion brought by the candidate of ADP VICTOR FINGESI to used forensic experts to inspect electoral materials.

Speaking outside the court, the lawyer to Action Democratic Party ADP, DOLAPO TELLA-ATTONI said the ruling is a welcome development for his clients.

He said that the access to inspect electoral materials will enable them to prove to the world that Governor Nyesom Wike did not win the March 9th Governorship election in Rivers State.

Tella-Attoni said the elections was marred with irregularities and violence and will not stand.

The lawyer to the Action Democratic Party ADP also noted that the Independent National electoral Commission INEC violated their own laws as stipulated in the Electoral Acts during the electcion.

The lawyer to Labour Party UCHE OLEWUNNE said the ruling of the tribunal will enable his clients to proceed with the inspection of materials.

The Tribunal yesterday gave three governorship candidates in Rivers state in the 2019 elections the go ahead to serve the People’s Democratic Party PDP and Governor NYESOM WIKE court processes through substituted means over the conduct of the governorship election.

The Governorship candidates are VICTOR FINGESI of Action Democratic Party ADP, BIOKPO AWARA of African Action Congress AAC, and ISAAC WONWU of Labour Party.

The Chairman of the Governorship Election Tribunal Justice G.K.KAIGAMA granted the leave after entertaining appeals from the different parties.