In Abuja today, The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the election of Nyesom Wike as governor of Rivers State. The court in a unanimous verdict today restored Nyesom Wike as the valid governor of Rivers state in a shocking decision.
Justice Kekere-Ekun who delivered the lead verdict, according to a report from Vanguard Nigeria, held that three separate appeals that were filed by Wike, PDP and INEC, were meritorious.
Concurrent judgments of both the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal and that of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal were all set aside by the Supreme Court.
The apex court panel headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed however reserved their reasons for the judgement till February 12.
You would recall that on October 24, His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike, who was the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the April 11, 2015 governorship election in Rivers State, had his election nullified by the Rivers State Tribunal sitting in Abuja after a petition submitted by Dakuku Peterside, the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate for Rivers State. The Tribunal at that time ordered that a fresh election be conducted by INEC in the state.
Mr. Wike had then headed to the Court of Appeal with a petition stating that the Tribunal’s judgment was untenable.
The Appeal Court however upheld the decision of the Tribunal causing Mr. Wike to head to the Supreme Court where he found victory.
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