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Rivers Governorship Tribunal Strikes out key paragraphs of AAC Governorship Candidate’s  Petition 

Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal has struck out key paragraphs of the petition filed by the Governorship Candidate of the African Action Congress ( AAC), Engr Biokpomabo Awara against the  election  of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.

Ruling on a Motion dated 4th September 2019 to strike out Grounds B and C of the petition by Emmanuel Ukala (SAN) on Wednesday, the Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal presided over by Justice KA Orjiako ruled that the application succeeds together with application of the 2nd petitioner on similar fact.
 The Grounds B and C of the petition together with the  accompanying paragraphs  were struck out by the tribunal.
Paragraphs 29, 33(a), 73, 81, 83 a,b and c , and 84 of the petition  were also struck out by the tribunal.
Grounds B and C covers paragraphs 37 to 71 of the petition filed by the Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal
At the resumed sitting on petition  EPT/RS/GOV/03/2019 by Awara Biokpomabo Festus against INEC, Governor  Wike and the PDP , two witnesses of the AAC gubernatorial candidate were disqualified following some errors noted in their witness statements.
Counsel for African Action Congress, Henry Bello, had drawn the attention of the court to the differences in the name as written in the witness statement and the witness present in court.
Counsels for the other parties in the petition noticed the error and urged the court to refuse the witness from testifying.
Ruling, the tribunal chairman,   Justice Kingsley Ojiakor, stopped the appearamce of the witnesses.
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The tribunal therefore, discharged Gideon Demua from Tai LGA and Abiase Halliday from Degema LGA as witnesses for Awara because they were not properly represented as witnesses in the the petition before the court.
Speaking with journalists outside courtroom, counsel to AAC, Henry Bello said the Governorship Candidate, Awara has three more days to present his witnesses.
The Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal will continue hearing of the petition of the Petition filed by Awara Biokpomabo of the AAC.
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