Rivers Tribunal: Wike’s witnesses refuse to read documentary evidence

All the four witnesses called by Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike have refused to read the documentary evidence presented to them before the Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Dr Dakuku Peterside, are challenging the legality of the election of Governor Wike before the tribunal.


At the resumed hearing of the matter yesterday, some of the witnesses refused to read the document presented to them by the lead lawyer to Peterside, Chief Akinlolu Olujimi (SAN), as some of the evidence are inconsistent with what is contained in the documentary evidence before the tribunal.

Under cross-examination, the witnesses, Charles Green Obubeleye, Rev. Canon Smart Nwankwo, Nupag Nene Igonikon and Peter Michael refused to read the evidence presented before them on the grounds that they were not the makers of the document.

Lead lawyer to Governor Wike, Chief Okey Wali (SAN), had earlier raised objection over the reading of the documentary evidence and the line of questioning by Olujinmi.

But the tribunal chairman, Justice Mohammed Ambrosa, overruled his objection, saying that cross-examination should not be confined to only what the witness said.

Igonikon had under cross-examination after being shown exhibit A275/17 said, “I cannot read because it is not my document. All I can say is that the election was peaceful and no issue of ballot box snatching was recorded in my polling unit”.

Michael, who said he voted in Ward 9, Unit 12, said the Card Reader in his polling unit did not work, adding that INEC official did not announce the total number of accredited voters. The matter has been adjourned till today.
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