The three-man Court of Appeal panel sitting in Abuja has struck out
the appeal of Nyesom Wike seeking a dismissal of the judgment of the
Rivers election petition tribunal which sacked him as governor of the
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
The Court has ordered a rerun in 90 days. In delivering a final ruling the Court of Appeal decided all the
seven issues raised by Governor Wike against in favour of Dakuku
Peterside and the All Progressives Congress party.
Recall that on Saturday, 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.
But 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 the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the April
11 governorship election in Rivers state.