The Nigerian Army on Thursday told the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja, presided over by Justice Mohammed Ambrosa, that elections were disrupted in Abua/Odual, Ikwerre, Gokana and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government areas of Rivers State by hoodlums during the poll.
Prior before this time, the Army had earlier informed the tribunal that people were not allowed to vote. Specifically, the Army revealed that there was no election in Tai Local Government.
In testifying before the tribunal, Captain Garba Sani, who led troops in Tai Local Government Area while voting lasted maintained that election never took place in the entire area on April 11.
Moreso, four Captains who led military men on election duty in the four local government areas, testified that the heavy presence of armed hoodlums at every polling centre in the four local governments prevented officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from conducting the election and the electorates from voting.
The Captains apparently appeared before the tribunal, consequent upon the subpoena effected on the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai.
It would be recalled that the subpoena was obtained from the tribunal by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the election, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, who had challenged the declaration of Governor Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winner of the poll.
The witnesses are: Captain Sadiq Abubakar (leader of the patrol troop in Abual/Odua); Captain Fred Bala (leader of the patrol troop in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni), Isa Al-Makura ( leader of the troop in Ikwerre) and Captain Jeremiah Salihu (leader of the troop in Gokana).