Tribunal affirms Wike's Victory
The three-man panel for the Rivers Governorship Election Petition Tribunal led by Justice Kingsley Ojiako has affirmed the re-election of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike following the dismissal of the petition filed by the African Action Congress Governorship candidate Biokpomabo Awara, seeking the nullification of the March 9 Rivers state's Governorship election.
In a unanimous judgment read by a member of the panel, Kamorudeen Babatunde ruled that the first petitioner Biokpomabo Awara did not prove any allegation of his petition as the petition was dismissed in its entirety.
Justice Kamorudeen also awarded the sum 300,000 Naira to be paid by Biokpomabo Awara to the three respondents; INEC, Governor Wike and the PDP.
Speaking to journalists after the ruling, counsel to Biokpomabo Awara said they will appeal the ruling, as the AAC counsel gave the party pass mark, while counsel to Governor Wike said Wike's mandate has been given approval.
The tribunal declared that Governor Wike won 19 out of 21 local government areas where elections were held, while the petitioner won in two local governments.