Apeal Court siting in Abuja, yesterday, nullified the election of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, but the embattled governor hurriedly instructed his lawyers to appeal the judgment of the Court which ordered fresh governorship election in the state.
In a statement issued by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Governor on Electronic Media, Governor Wike stated that he disagrees with the judgment, hence his decision to exhaust his constitutional right by challenging the Appeal Court judgment at the Supreme Court.
Governor Wike called on all his supporters and the people of Rivers State to remain calm as justice will be done at the end of the day.
He assured the people of the state that he will use all constitutional processes to protect the mandate they freely bestowed on him, hence his decision to approach the Supreme Court for further adjudication.
The governor said that he still remains the duly elected governor of Rivers State pending the determination of his appeal by the Supreme Court.
Governor Wike assured the people of Rivers State that all ongoing development projects will continue while his administration will continue to promote the security of lives and property across the state.
A three-man Court of Appeal panel in Abuja had yesterday 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.
In a 110-page ruling delivered by Justice M.B. Dongban-Mensem, the court ruled that the election of the governor did not conform to the Electoral Act. The court has ordered a re-run in 90 days.
In delivering a final ruling, the Court of Appeal decided all the seven issues raised by Governor Wike in favour of Dakuku Peterside and the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Nigerian Pilot recalled that on October 24, the tribunal had held that Wike was not duly elected governor of Rivers‎ State.
It ruled that a fresh election be held in the state within 90 days but Wike appealed against the judgment, insisting that he was duly elected governor of the state‎.
He asked the appellate court to set aside the judgment of the tribunal, arguing that‎ the lower court failed to consider the evidence – that a proper election took place in Rivers state on April 11 – tendered before it.
Wike had previously gone to the Supreme Court to challenge the jurisdiction of the tribunal, which sacked him. His main argument at the apex court was that the tribunal should have sat in Rivers state and not in Abuja.
The Supreme Court dismissed his suit for lacking in merit‎, ruling 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 APC in the April 11 governorship election in Rivers state.


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