The Appeal Court has on Wednesday, December 16 confirmed the nullification of Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike’s Election.
The three-man panel sitting in Abuja in a 110-page ruling delivered by Justice M.B. Dongban-Mensem struck out the appeal of Nyesom Wike seeking a dismissal of the judgment of the Rivers election petition tribunal which sacked him as governor of the state.
The Court ruled that the election of Nyesom Wike did not conform with the electoral act and ordered a rerun in 90 days.
Delivering a final ruling the Court of Appeal decided all the seven issues raised by Governor Wike against the Tribunal order, and found in favour of Dakuku Peterside and the All Progressives Congress party.
Elombah.com had reported that an election tribunal on October 24 held that Wike was not duly elected governor of Rivers state.
It ruled that a fresh election be held in the state within 90 days.
But Wike appealed against the judgment, insisting that he was duly elected governor of the state.
He asked the appellate court to set aside the judgment of the tribunal, arguing that the lower court failed to consider the evidence – that a proper election took place in Rivers state on April 11 – tendered before it.
Wike had previously gone to the supreme court to challenge the jurisdiction of the tribunal, which sacked him. His main argument at the apex court was that the tribunal should have sat in Rivers state and not in Abuja.
But the supreme court dismissed his suit for lacking in merit, ruling that the tribunal – owing to security reasons – was right to have relocated to Abuja to sit in judgment on the petition of Dakuku Peterside, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the April 11 governorship election in Rivers state.