Supreme Court Declares Nyesom Wike As Governor of Rivers State.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 upheld the elections of Nyesom Wike as Governor of Rivers State.

Wike, who ran on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), had his election set aside by the the Appeal Court. The apex court maintained that he was the duly elected governor of Rivers State as it set aside the Appeal Court ruling favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dakuku Peterside.

Governor Wike had filed twenty grounds of appeal to the Supreme Court, alleging that the election tribunal relied on hearsay and inadmissible evidence to arrive at its judgment.

According to Governor Nyesom Wike, Tribunal had wrongly refused to follow the decision in Agbaje versus Ambode, which held that the use or non-use of card reader cannot be a ground for questioning or nullifying an election.

Supreme Court also grant Governor Wike request asking the apex court to hold that the findings and conclusions of the Election Tribunal were perverse and not supported by any legally admissible evidence on record.

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