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Rivers Tribunal Judgement: Police Beef Up Security, Say State Is Calm

The Rivers Police Command says that the state is calm with people going about their normal businesses after the annulment of the election of Governor Nyesom Wike.

In Port Harcourt and neighbouring local government areas, security had been beefed up with deployment of security personnel in strategic locations.

Rivers State Police Spokesperson, Mrs Grace Iringe-Koko, said that the command has not recorded any incidents and that it was on top of the situation.

The petition challenging Mr Wike’s victory was filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Mr Dakuku Peterside.

In the 2hrs. 8mins judgment delivered in Abuja, the tribunal agreed that the evidence provided by the witnesses called by the respondent and INEC is incredible and unreliable.

The petitioner had argued that the elections were marred by unauthenticated alterations in forms EC8A, issuance of ballot papers in excess of 100 leaves per booklet, one PDP collation agent signing for several wards, presiding officer signing for party agents, voter signing for party agent and absence of collation at ward collation centers and many more.

Both the PDP and APC have reacted to the verdict and asked their supporters to remain calm.

While the All Progressives Congress welcomed the judgement, referring to it as a deadly body blow to impunity and hooliganism, the Peoples Democratic Party described it as bias, bizarre and unacceptable.

Therefore, the party and its candidate in the election, Governor Nyesom Wike have said that they will appeal the judgement.