The court of appeal on Wednesday has struck out Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike’s appeal against the decision of the tribunal which in October sacked him as governor of the state.
The tribunal had ruled that Wike was not duly elected governor of Rivers state and that INEC conduct a fresh election within 90 days.
But Wike appealed against the judgment, 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.