Wike urges tribunal to strike out Peterside's motion seeking to inspect election materials

Posted by News Express | 26 August 2015 | 3,681 times

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Governor of Rives State Nyesom Wike on Tuesday urged the state governorship election petition tribunal to strike out some sections of a motion seeking biometric scanning of election materials.

Mr. Akin Olujimi (SAN), Counsel to the petitioner in the April 11 governorship election, Mr. Dakuku Peterside, had on Aug. 19 in his motion prayed the tribunal to scan the materials used for the election.

Olujimi had also sought, in the same motion an order of the tribunal to direct INEC to bring all election documents in dispute from Port Harcourt to Abuja for inspection.

The tribunal had on Aug. 19 adjourned to Aug. 25 to rule on the motion seeking biometric scanning of the election materials by INEC experts.

It also adjourned to rule on another motion moved by INEC and Wike’s counsels challenging the competence of the petitioner’s replies to some of the motions earlier raised.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the tribunal chairman had on the same date dismissed the motion seeking transfer of the materials of the election in question to Abuja.

According to the chairman, the order of June 11 on the inspection of election material remained valid and that the order could not be varied.

At the resumed sitting on Tuesday, Olujimi told the tribunal that he received a counter affidavit from the respondents on the motion seeking an order to scan the election materials.

He also told the tribunal that his response on point of law would be served to the respondents before the close of work today.

According to Olujimi, “I also filed my response on Monday to the motion challenging the competence of the petitioner’s replies to some of the motions earlier raised by the respondents.”

Olujimi also told the tribunal that he was ready to defend the response he filed on Monday and that the hearing of the response and the substantive motion should go on.

Meanwhile, Counsel to Wike, Mr. Emmanuel Ukala, (SAN), INEC counsel, Mr. Onyechi Ipeazu, (SAN) and counsel to PDP opposed hearing of the motion.

According to the trio, they need to study the response served on them on Monday by Olujimi.

Justice Muazu Pindiga adjourned until Aug. 26, hearing in all responses to the motions in question.

He also adjourned ruling on the application by INEC forensic expert, on Aug. 26, seeking to scan and crop election materials. (NAN)

•Photo shows Gov. Wike.

Source: News Express

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