The Rivers State Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja has refused the request of All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Hon. Dakuku Peterside and his party to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to move the election materials used on April 11 to Abuja for inspection.
According to This Day, in his ruling on Wednesday, the Tribunal Chairman, Justice Muazu Pindiga, dismissed the request made by the Counsel to the Petitioner, Akin Olujimi (SAN), on the ground that it lacks merit.
Pindiga said the order was made on June 11 directing INEC to allow the petitioner to access the election materials comprising ballot peppers and result sheets still stands.
The Chairman held what the tribunal can do was to vary the June 11 order in line with the provisions of the law. He ruled that since there was no application for variations from the petitioner the tribunal can’t give another order on the issue.
Olujimi arguing on behalf of the petitioner, had moved a motion that the election materials be moved from Port Harcourt to INEC Headquarters in Abuja for easy inspection on the ground that the officials in Rivers State had allegedly refused to corporate with the petitioner in the execution of the June 11 order.
The tribunal, while ruling earlier on other motions, struck out the request of Governor Nyesom Wike asking for a stay of execution of the tribunal order of June 11 which permitted the petitioner to inspect the election materials in Port-Harcourt.
Justice Pindiga dismissed the application on the refusal of Wike’s Counsel Emmanuel Ukala (SAN) to move it on Monday.
The Tribunal Chairman also rejected the motion of INEC challenging the competence of the petition adding that the motion will be heard along with the petition.
Meanwhile, tribunal has adjourned till August 25 for further hearing on the matter.