The Rivers State Governorship Election Petitions tribunal sitting in Abuja on Tuesday refused to admit in evidence exhibits of electoral practice tendered by the police from during the April 11 elections.
The petitioners, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate Dr. Dakuku Peterside, had approached the tribunal seeking to nullify the election of Mr Nyesom Wike of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
Justice Suleiman Abubakar in his ruling refused to admit the documents in evidence tendered by the petitioners’ witness Mr. Garba Micheal, a police officer from Squadron Command Mopol 56 in Rivers State, to testify.
Garba had in his testimony narrated how over 70 people were arrested by his team at Korokoro in Tai local Government Area.
The arrested people were alleged to have in their possession election materials such as card readers, ballot boxes, ballot papers and result sheets, among others.
Photocopy of pictures taken by Police Officers were also tendered by the witness.
Also testifying, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) submitted that only 293,072 persons were accredited for the April 11 governorship election in the state.
Another witness Abimbola Oladunjoye, an assistant director in INEC’s ICT Department and database, in her submission, said the documents presented to the tribunal were all brought from the Rivers election.
She however said it was possible that all the results were not uploaded following the directive from INEC that servers were to be shut down after six weeks.