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Appeal Court confirms sack of illegally elected Rivers council chairmen 


The Appeal Court declared that the suit filed by the former council chairmen lacked competence and was therefore dismissed. 

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike

Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division  has confirmed  the  judgment  of  Federal High Court in Port Harcourt sacking all the  23 Local Government Councils  illegally  elected under the former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi few days  to the  end of his  second term.

The illegally elected local government council chairmen had approached the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt seeking reinstatement, but the Court threw out their suit.

On Monday, the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt dismissed the  suit filed by Mr Augustine  Ngo and 22 others against  the  PDP on the illegal election. 

The Appeal Court declared that the suit filed by the former council chairmen  lacked competence and was therefore  dismissed. 

Addressing  newsmen  after the judgment,  Rivers State Attorney General, Emmanuel Aguma, SAN, described  the  Appeal Court  judgement  as a confirmation  of  the judgment  of  the  Federal High Court which declared council polls illegal. 

It will be  recalled  that  former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi had circumvented the  law by illegally  conducting  local government  council  elections less than one week before the handing  over  on May 29, 2015.

PDP had filed a suit against  the  conduct  of  the  council polls at the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt.  Despite  a court injunction  stopping Amaechi,  he went ahead to conduct  the illegal  election. 

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