Politics Wike Files Appeal Against Tribunal Judgement

Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, has asked the court of appeal to set aside the judgment of the state election tribunal, which nullified his election.


Citing gross irregularities, the tribunal which gave its verdict on October 24, ordered a fresh election to be conducted within 90 days. But in a notice of appeal dated November 3, Wike through Emmanuel Ukala, his counsel, faulted the judgment on 26 grounds.

According to a statement issued by Simeon Nwakaudu, the governor’s media aide, Dakuku Peterside, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were joined as respondents.

“Take notice that the appellant being dissatisfied with the decision of the governorship election tribunal for Rivers state, sitting in Abuja, contained in the judgment of the tribunal coram Hon. Justice Suleiman Ambursa (chairman), Hon. Justice Wesley Ibrahim Leha (member) and Hon. Justice Bayo Taiwo (member) (sitting in court no. 23 of the FCT high court dated the 24th of October 2015, doth hereby appeal to the court of appeal upon the grounds set out in paragraph 3 and will at the hearing seek the reliefs set out in paragraph 4,” the statement read.

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