The three-man Court of Appeal panel sitting in Abuja has upheld the judgment of Rivers Election Petition Tribunal, which had held that Nyesom Wike’s election in Rivers State violated electoral act.
The Tribunal had on October 24 noted that Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party was not duly elected governor of Rivers State and ordered a rerun.
Thus, the Appeal Court struck out the appeal of Wike seeking a dismissal of the judgment of the Rivers Election Petition Tribunal which sacked him as governor of the state.
In a 110-page ruling delivered by Justice M.B. Dongban-Mensem this morning, the Court ruled that the election of Wike did not conform with the electoral act and therefore ordered a rerun within 90 days.
In delivering a final ruling the Court of Appeal decided all the seven issues raised by Governor Wike against in favour of Dakuku Peterside and the All Progressives Congress party.
Wike had appealed against the the Tribunal 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 byrelocated 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.