Supreme Court Strikes Out Wike’s Tribunal Appeal

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday, struck out an appeal filed by the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, challenging the ruling of the Rivers State Election Petitions Tribunal on his election as governor.

Wike, who had his April 11 election victory nulified last Saturday by the Rivers State Election Petition tribunal in Abuja, but he objected that the court lacked merit to relocate the case to Abuja.

The APC alongside its gubernatorial candidate, had challenged the declaration of Governor Wike by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the Rivers State governorship poll in the April 11 gubernatorial election.

However, the supreme court in its ruling, upheld the right of the court to relocate the case to a tribunal sitting in Abuja owing to the absence of a chief judge as at that time.

The court said that the case was transferred by the president of the law court to Abuja basically for security reasons for the safety of the chairman of INEC and many others involved in the case.

Against Wike’s objection, It further explained that the tribunal was rightly constituted, insisting that it was the responsibility of the president of the court of appeal to ensure the safety of the court of tribunal by moving it to Abuja.

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