The Rivers State Local Government Election Petitions Tribunal, Panel Two, sitting in Port Harcourt has struck out the petition of the Councillorship Candidate of the Africa Action Congress, AAC in Degema Ward Seventeen, Charles Dabokiabo, brought against the victory of Nfureke Omuoni of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Dabokiabo of the AAC had, upon the declaration of Omuoni as the councilor-elect of the PDP, by the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission, approached the Tribunal on the ground that the winner was not an eligible registered voter and should not have been declared winner.
Chairman of the three-man panel, Philipa Dick-Udenna, in her judgment, struck out the petition, saying that the petitioner failed to prove his claims.
Our correspondent reports that Counsel to the petitioner, Ile Harry Ozuruoke, said his client has instructed him to appeal the judgment.
“The evidence before the court shows clearly that the fellow, Mrs Nfureke Omuoni of Peoples Democratic Party was not a registered voter in her ward, and thereby in-eligible to have contested and returned as a winner.
“We have the consent of our client to go on appeal, he has asked us to commence that and compiled record of proceedings and the court judgement.
Counsel to the first Defendant, Tina Douglas Jaja, also spoke with our correspondent in an interview.
“We have proven our cases and willing on a lot of preliminary objection, because we filled an objection challenging the competence of the petition which really was delivered today, and the court held that the petition was incompetent and same was strucked out.”
“Also judgement was delivered on the substantive petition and the court also held that the petitioners did not prove their cases and as such the petition was dismissed with cost awarded against the petitioners in favor of all the respondents.