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Tsunami In Rivers State As Supreme Court Affirms Nyesom Wike As Duly Elected Governor


The atmosphere is very emotional and tense in Rivers State right now. Judgment is most shocking, to every APC member and supporter in Rivers State; while members/supporters/well wishers of the PDP/Wike throng the streets of Port Harcourt in wild jubilation after the Supreme Court declares that Governor Nyesome Ezebunwo Wike stays as Rivers State governor.

The Supreme Court will give details/reasons for its verdict on February 12th. And @Pitakwatimes will be here to bring you all the analysis and diverse opinions.

Related: Breaking News: Supreme Court Upholds Wike’s Election

This evening @Pitakwatimes however spoke to a few people in the streets and two prominent questions emerged:

How the Supreme Court gave verdict the same day it began hearing on the matter of Wike’s appeal?

How did the PDP members begin celebrating victory as the matter was still being heard? Who told them it was going to be judgment in their favour? (The person who asked this question suggested the Supreme Court may have been compromised. We asked him, “How could you insinuate that?” “Don’t ask me, ask the Supreme Court,” he shot back.

On Monday, January 25, while speaking to some APC supporters at a gathering in G.R.A. in Port Harcourt, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside (APC governorship candidate in Rivers State) while being hopeful that the Supreme Court Judgment would be in his favour had declared that before the end of this week, a tsunami would happen in Rivers State. (Dr. Peterside likened the Supreme Court upholding the Court of Appeal Court Judgment and sacking Wike as a tsunami)

The Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had on October 24th 2015 nullified Mr. Wike’s election, ordering INEC to conduct a fresh election within 90 days in the state. And on December 16th, the Appeal Court upheld the verdict of the Tribunal.
The Rivers governorship election was mainly criticized by both local and international observers, and was reported to have been marred with violence.

There are many questions emanating from the Supreme Court Judgment which unanimously (by a 7-man panel) set aside the previous ruling of the Court of Appeal. And we shall bring you more details, analysis and answers as we get them.

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