By Our Reporter
Governorship candidate of the African Action Congress ( AAC), Biokpomabo Awara, on Sunday formally abandoned the ‘concocted’ results brought in by Superintendent of Police, Solomon Egba, to the Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal.
Awara had brought in Solomon Egba, former second-in-command to Akin Fakorede, to the Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal as a subpoenaed witness to tender the concocted results/documents, but counsel to the defendants opposed their admissibility because they were part of paragraphs already struck out by the Tribunal.
At the resumed hearing on Sunday, counsel to Biokpomabo Awara, Mr Emenike Ebete, said the AAC Governorship Candidate decided to abandon the Police documents because they are of no value; they were dumped on the Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal .
Ebete informed the Tribunal: “We will not be tendering the documents brought in by the Police. They are of no value to us. We hereby abandon the documents brought by the Police”.
Emmanuel Ukala, Counsel to the Rivers State Governor told the Governorship Candidate of the AAC that no subpoena was served on the office of the Inspector General of Police as the Tribunal registry indicates.
The Governorship Candidate of AAC, Biokpomabo Awara was petitioner/witness on Sunday. He was cross-examined by the counsel of the African Action Congress ( AAC), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Governor Wike and the PDP.
The Defeated Rivers AAC governorship candidate admitted under-cross examination that the results marked Exhibit which he tendered were not signed, without INEC official stamp, had no names of collation officers and were not signed by party agents.
He said that the said results had no authenticating features because that was how his agents received them from the field.
Under cross examination by counsel to the AAC, Henry Bello, Biokpomabo Awara admitted that other than the official INEC results, he has no other results .
He said though he had no campaign rallies in any of the 23 Local Government Areas of Rivers State, he did a few consultations in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area.
The Governorship Candidate of the AAC under Cross Examination by counsel to INEC, Steve Adehi (SAN), admitted that he did not tender all the results declared by INEC after the Rivers State Governorship Election. He also admitted that results were declared for Obio/Akpor Local Government Area after due Collation.
Awara expressed surprise that most of his agents agreed before the Tribunal that the election was free and fair and conducted under a peaceful atmosphere.
He further stated that INEC has the sole responsibility to conduct, collate and declare Governorship Election results.
Awara said even though the State Collation Agent of the AAC, Chukwuenenye Kocha conceded defeat after the Collation of Rivers State Governorship Election results, it was not his personal opinion.
The AAC Governorship Candidate said even though he has not spoken with his former running mate, Chief Akpo Bomba Yeeh, from affidavits and publications tendered at the Tribunal, Chief Akpo Bomba Yeeh withdrew his candidacy long before the declaration of the Governorship Election results.
He said though he pleaded results of 15 Local Government Areas in his petition, he tendered results of 11 Local Government Areas.
The Tribunal has adjourned to Monday 16th September for the second petitioner, African Action Congress to open its case.