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Appeal Court sacks Wike….Governor heads to Supreme Court
Governor of Rivers State: Nyesom Wike

Appeal Court sacks Wike….Governor heads to Supreme Court

The Abuja division of court of Appeal on Wednesday upheld the decision of Rivers State Election petition tribunal which nullified the election of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State.

In a 110-page ruling delivered by Justice M.B. Dongban-Mensem the Court ruled that the election of Nyesom Wike did not conform with the Electoral Act.

The five-man panel of Appeal Court dismissed all grounds of appeal raised against the decision of Justice Suleiman Ambrossa tribunal’s nullification of the election by Wike in favour of his challenger.

Dakuku Peterside, the candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, in the April 11 Rivers State gubernatorial election had challenged the result of the election which he said was marred by malpractices.

In a swift reaction, Governor Wike has instructed his lawyers to appeal to judgment which now means there will be fresh elections in 90 days.

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 day.

He assured the people of the state that he will use all constitutional processes to protect the mandate they freely gave 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.

Mrs Ibim Semenitari former Commissioner for Information and Director Media and Publicity of Dr Peterside Campaign Organization, in her first reaction merely paraphrased Psalm 121 by saying “Lifting up our eyes to the hills. Seeking justice at the feet of Jesus. Victory for our slain colleagues. Justice for Dakuku Peterside and team.”

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