APC Closes Case At Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal

The All Progressives Congress has closed its case at the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Abuja.

The matter has been slated for adoption of final written address, in a date that will be communicated to the parties.

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, Patrick Tonye-Cole, is challenging the victory of Governor Siminalayi Fubara of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The PDP had protested and blocked all sections of the Port Harcourt-Aba express road leading to the INEC office in April.

They barricaded the entrance to the Rivers State head office of INEC, for almost two weeks, to prevent the APC governorship candidate from accessing the INEC office.

Tonye-Cole was to collect the Certified True Copy of the results that declared Governor Fubara the winner of the election on March 18, 2023.

The PDP had claimed that the reason for their protest, was to stop the APC from an alleged plot to replace the CTC of the election result with a fake copy.

They also demanded that INEC does not allow just one political party to inspect electoral materials, but that inspection should be done jointly by all parties.

The protest took place days after operatives of the Rivers State Police Command arrested some lawyers handling the election case for Tonye-Cole of the APC, alongside their materials, but were later released.

The APC, however, got hold of the documents they needed to file their case, miraculously beating the deadline for case filing of election matters.