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Rivers Guber: How Witnesses Nailed Awara’s Dream

The ambition of the former governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) Engr. Biokpomabo Awara to upstage incumbent Governor Nyesom Wike at the Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal, evaporated last Saturday following the dismissal of the petition instituted by the AAC governorship candidate.

In dismissing the petition with costs of N300,000, the three man panel of Justices among other reasons hinged its decision on the inherent inconsistencies and contradictory testimonies of the witnesses presented by the petitioner. The tribunal also held that the evidences from the video recordings presented during the proceedings by one Osademe Joseph, a Cameraman from the African Independent Television AIT, was enough proof that the incumbent governor won the election.

In the over five hour judgment delivered by one of the Justices, the tribunal discountenanced the credibility of all the witnesses presented by the petitioner. The Judges described the entire evidences adduced by the witnesses as full of inconsistencies and contradictions, adding that the witnesses were stark impostors and pathological liars who spoke from both sides of their mouth.

It cited the evidences presented by the AIT cameraman, as quiet credible, as according to the learned Justices, it reflected the true position of what transpired in the election results coalition process at the premises of INEC in Rivers State. “The witness evidence as captured in the eyes of the camera was not contradicted by any contrary evidence of the petitioner”, the Judges maintained.

The tribunal also held that the fact that both the petitioner; Biokpoma Awara and the 2nd petitioner, the AAC worked at cross purposes in the prosecution of the matter did monumental damage to the petitioner and in no way helped the course of the petition.

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