Phillips, second respondent witness, told the tribunal that he provided security in 10 local government areas during the April 11poll.
[dropcap type=”1″]H[/dropcap]e listed the local governments as Port Harcourt, Obio/Akpo, Emohua, Akuku-Toru, Asari-Toru, Abua/Odua, Ahoada East, Ahoada West, Ogu-Bolo and Eleme Local Government Areas.
He said he supervised officers and men who patrolled nearly a dozen local governments in Rivers State in less than 24 hours.
When asked how he achieved the feat in the riverine state, he said he “covered all these far-flung villages and towns with just a Hilux vehicle, and not even a helicopter in only one day.”
But APC faulted Phillips claim that he supervised the said election for DSS.
The party also told the tribunal that it was impossible to cover the 10 local governments with a Hilux Van in 24 hours.
The submission of APC rattled Phillips who could not explain how he supervised the conduct of election in 10 local governments.
The party also cross- examined Phillips with documents of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which clearly revealed the damage violence and multiple voting did in the areas he allegedly covered.
APC through its counsel said: “Mr. Phillips didn’t tell the court was that he was not in charge of the elections on April 11.
“Abok Nyam was the Director of State Security Service on election day. He is senior in rank to Mr. Philips and was the person who deployed men on Election Day.
“Mr. Philips reported to Mr. Nyam on Election Day and did not step out alone. The only occasion that Mr. Philips went out, it was in company of Mr. Nyam and they both toured around Port Harcourt city.”
Overwhelmed by APC evidence, Phillips recanted his submissions to the tribunal.
It was a day of drama when another witness, Samson Joseph from Abua/Odual Local Government Area of the state, claimed to have voted at Unit 2, Ward 7 but he refused to identify his passport.
He said he cannot identify the document because he was not the author.
But INEC’s report showed no ballot paper was issued throughout his ward.
INEC also said 508 people allegedly voted when the voters register had only 501.
On his part, a witness, Jackmay Emmanuel told of how voting took place and results announced.
He could not recall the figures he heard when results were announced.
Asked to identify his photograph in Exhibit 226/5, he declined and insisted that he could not read because it was black and white.
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