The appeal court in Abuja has nullified the election of Governor Nyesom Wike as Rivers Governor. The three-man Court of Appeal panel sitting in Abuja 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.
According to a 110-page ruling delivered by Justice M.B. Dongban-Mensem, the election of Nyesom Wike did not conform with the electoral act.
A rerun has been ordered in 90 days.
Wike had previously challenged the jurisdiction of the tribunal, which sacked him. His main argument was that the tribunal should have sat in Rivers state and not in Abuja. But the supreme court dismissed his suit for lacking merit. The Court ruled that the tribunal – owing to security reasons – was right to have relocated 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.
The Court of Appeal decided all the seven issues raised by Governor Wike in favour of Dakuku Peterside and the All Progressives Congress party.