Thursday, January 28, 2016

Supreme Court Ends Election Battle In Rivers, Says Wike Duly Elected

The Supreme Court has upheld the outcome of the April 11, 2015 governorship election that brought Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to power. The apex court in a unanimous judgment, restored the declaration of Wike as the valid winner of the poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Justice Kekere-Ekun, who delivered the lead verdict, held that three separate appeals filed by Wike, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and INEC, were meritorious.

Concurrent judgments of both the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal and that of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal were all set aside by the Supreme Court.

While reacting to his victory, Governor Wike said the court victory was a victory for the rule of law and people of Rivers State. He added that the Supreme Court judgment was a victory for democracy and a confirmation that the will of God will always prevail over the machinations of men.