The question of who won the Rivers State governorship election held in April 11 last year finally came to an end, Wednesday, following the declaration of Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party as the winner.
The apex court in an unanimous judgment, restored the declaration of Wike as the valid winner of the poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Justice Kekere-Ekun who delivered the lead verdict, held that three separate appeals that were filed by Wike, PDP and INEC, were meritorious.
Although, the court gave the ruling validating Wike’s election but did not provide reasons for its judgment.
Recall the governorship election was a subject of criticism by local and international observers that witnessed the election on the ground that it was marred by violence.
Before and after the election many people were reportedly Killed.
The Supreme Court panel headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed however reserved their reasons for the judgement till February 12.
The Rivers Tribunal had earlier on October 24 nullified Wike’s election. The Tribunal, which delivered its ruling in Abuja, also ordered that a fresh governorship election be conducted in the state.
After the Tribunal’s ruling, the Governor headed to the Court of Appeal, saying the judgment was untenable.
The Court of Appeal had on December 16 affirmed the judgment of the Rivers Governorship Election Tribunal. The Appeal Court had ruled that Mr. Wike was not validly elected.
The petition challenging the election of Wike as Rivers State Governor was filed by Dakuku Peterside, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election.