Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike yesterday failed at the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to stop the petition of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Dr. Dakuku Peterside challenging Wike’s election.
The Tribunal sitting in Abuja refused to strike out the petition of the APC candidate, as prayed by Wike who claimed in a motion challenging the eligibility of Peterside that he was incompetent to have contested for the election because his party failed to notify Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of his candidacy in due time.
Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Muazu Pindiga in a ruling on Governor Wike’s motion also held that the tribunal was duly constituted by the President of the Court of Appeal.
The Tribunal held that its sitting in Abuja on security reason has not rendered it incompetent to hear the matter.
The Governor had in a motion asked the tribunal to disqualify itself on the grounds that it was not duly constituted in law.
This is the second time the tribunal would be ruling against the application of the Rivers State Governor.
The Tribunal has also adjourned till Friday, July 31 for another ruling on the constitutionality of a pre-trial hearing.
The APC in Rivers State and its candidate in the April 11 governorship election, Peterside Dakuku had dragged INEC, PDP and Governor Wike before the tribunal to challenge his victory at the election.
The APC candidate claimed that the election was marred with irregularities, fraud, malpractices and violence and called for its cancelation.

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