Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday prayed the Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja to set aside the order it made for the inspection of election materials used for the April 11, 2015 governorship election in the state.
It would be recalled that the Tribunal had granted the ex-parte order on June 11, that the materials used by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct the election be subjected to inspection.
The order was made following an ex-parte motion filed and moved by Chief Akin Olujinmi, SAN, the counsel to the petitioner, Dr Dakuku Peterside, All Progressives Party, APC, candidate, who had challenged Wike’s victory.
Olujinmi had prayed the Tribunal to order the inspections of Card Readers and records of electoral materials used in all the polling units in the state during the governorship election.
At Tuesday’s sitting, Wike’s counsel, Emmanuel Ukala, SAN, argued that the ex-parte order made was unknown to law and that it breached the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010, as amended.
He further argued that the order was made despite a motion challenging the jurisdiction of the Tribunal pending before the court.
Responding, Olujinmi said he had just been served with the motion of the governor’s counsel and needed time to study and react to it.
Mr Ifedayo Adedipe, SAN, counsel to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in his response, concurred with Olujinmi’s submission.
The APC in Rivers State and its candidate in the election had approached the Tribunal with the petition challenging the election of Wike as governor of the state as declared by INEC.
INEC, PDP and Wike were joined in the petition as co-respondents.
The Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Muazu Pindiga, adjourned the case until July 6 to enable parties file their replies on point of law and for the hearing of all the pending applications.