Rivers Elections: Supreme Court Upholds Wike’s Election


The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor of Rivers State.

Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, gave the ruling on Wednesday January 27, validating the April 11 governorship election but did not provide reasons for its judgment, stating that reasons for the verdict would be provided on February 12.

Petition challenging the election of Mr. Wike as Rivers State Governor was filed by Dakuku Peterside, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, which led to the nullification of the election by the Rivers Tribunal in October  2015.

The tribunal also ordered that a fresh governorship election be conducted in the state. After the  the ruling of the tribunal, Governor Wike took the case to the Court of Appeal, describing the judgment as untenable.

The Court of Appeal ruled that Mr. Wike was not validly elected and struck out the case on December 16, 2015, and he headed for the Supreme Court.

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Governor Wike had presented a 20 grounds appeal to the Supreme Court, arguing that the Election Petition Tribunal relied only on hear-say and inadmissible evidence to arrive at its judgment nullifying his election. The proceedings opened with arguments of the parties.

Counsel to Governor Wike argued that the use or non-use of card reader could not be a ground for nullifying an election. This was agreed and adopted by the Counsel representing the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

This position however did not go down well with counsel to the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, Mr. Dakuku Peterside, who argued and insisted that the election was marred by wide-spread violence and multiple-voting, but Justice Kekere-Ekun however set aside the judgment of the Court of  Appeal validating the election.

Speaking on the the Supreme Court ruling, a jubilant Governor Wike said the court victory was a victory for the rule of law and people of Rivers State, a victory for democracy and a confirmation that the will of God will always prevail over the machinations of men.

Meanwhile the Supreme Court also upheld the elections of governors Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State and Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State.

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