The Supreme Court had on Wednesday, January 27 upheld the mandate of the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, thus, validating the result of the April 11 poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The apex court set aside judgments of both the Rivers state governorship election petition tribunal and that of the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal, which annulled Wike’s election.
According to Justice Kekere-Ekun who delivered the lead verdict, three separate appeals that were filed by Wike, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and INEC, were meritorious.
Reactions have continued to trail Wike’s victory at the tribunal. While some are happy and celebrating, others have criticized the Supreme Court’s verdict.
Those who are happy with the court verdict.
Those unhappy with the verdict.
Some decided to take a swipe at Rotimi Amaechi, the former governor of the state.
In October last year, the Rivers state election petition tribunal had sacked Wike as the governor of Rivers state. The tribunal ruled that Wike was not duly elected as governor of the state, adding that a fresh poll should be conducted by INEC within 90 days.
He headed to the Appeal Court to challenge the ruling of the tribunal. Wike argued that he was duly elected governor of the state in the April 11 election, urging the Appeal Court to set aside the tribunal’s judgment. But, in December, the court threw out the governor’s appeal and he decided to challenge the ruling at the Supreme Court.
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