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Rivers State Tribunal Saga: Supreme Court Dismisses Wike’s Appeal

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After the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Saturday nullified the election of Governor Nyesom Wike, he confidently declared that he would appeal the ruling.

Alas, the Supreme Court has thrown out his appeal.

In addition, the Court also upheld the decision of the two lower courts which dismissed Wike’s appeal challenging the relocation of the tribunal from Rivers State capital to Abuja, Channels reports.

12 Comments

  1. Awoyo

    October 27, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Thank goodness for this.

    Enough of impunity in our land…Governor Nyesom Wike, we are no fools.

  2. seffy

    October 27, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Gbagam!

  3. ogeAdiro

    October 27, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    This oil needs to hurry up and finish!!!

  4. baby geh sipping tea

    October 27, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    BN please don’t mislead your readers, his appeal against the tribunal’s judgment has not been dismissed. the case you are referring to is merely an interlocutory appeal on the movement of the tribunal from PH to Abuja. the substantive appeal on the tribunal’s findings have not been heard.

    • baby geh sipping tea

      October 27, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      *has

    • Awoyo

      October 27, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      @baby geh…you are absolutely correct that his substantive appeal hasn’t been heard.

      I hope he loses though and my reason is simple. Governor Wike is not befitting of the status he holds. When he was Minister of Education, his utterance and performance left a lot to be desired. In climates where the rule of law is followed, he’d be in jail. I’m sorry, I have little respect for him.

      By the way, there are others. We need positive reference points for the current and unborn generation. The likes of Saraki, Fayose, Dariye (a serving Senator, who’s wanted in the UK for jumping bail) should not hold the positions they currently occupy. Our founding fathers, namely, Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikwe, Ahmadu Bello etc did not and will not sacrifice their efforts in vain.

      I hope what I am saying makes sense, if not, here’s the linchpin. If Nigeria was ruled by the White man or Shiekhs of United Arab Emirates, the country would have made much more progress. This is why, we should collectively rid our nation of these undeserving officials and replace them with the likes of Minister designate Kachikwu, Kemi Adeosun and so on.

      Another point is, you and I should contribute or part by standing up to filth. Evil thrives where good people remain silent.

    • baby geh sipping tea

      October 27, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Nice points you have made Awoyo….My personal opinion on Wike doesn’t matter, all I’m really interested in is due process and the equality of ALL before the law. let me list a couple of things I find curious –
      1. Why were the election tribunals for Rivers and Akwa Ibom moved to abuja? I can understand the case of the tribunals sitting in the states ravaged by BH being moved to Abuja, I only wonder what was so special about the situation in Rivers and Akwa Ibom
      2. Why was the DSS on the case of the Returning Officers for both akwa Ibom and Rivers? I did not even know that the DSS’s jurisdiction extended to electoral matters
      3. Why was Justice Pindiga removed as the Chiarman of the Rivers Tribunal?._ Pindiga has only come out recently to say he was bribed and that the DSS and “people from Kaduna” had severally invited him for meetings that he declined to attend prior to his removal -http://uncova.com/i-was-bribed-and-threatened-then-sacked-as-rivers-tribunal-judge–justice-pindiga
      4. when a new judge is assigned to a case, the practice is that the outgoing judge briefs him, i find it curious that the new judge informed Pindiga that he did not need briefing as “he had been following the case”
      5. Final written addresses were only adopted the day before the tribunal judgment was given, final written address are bulky especially in election petition cases, very detailed as they explain the arguments of the parties, As a lawyer, i find it curious that judgement was given the next day, it makes me wonder if a judgment had already been written even before the final addresses were adopted
      6. why was the judgment given in haste even when an interlocutory appeal was pending before the supreme court, had the supreme court decided otherwise, the whole proceedings of the tribunal would have been nugatory, why was there a rush?
      7. the Court of appeal (a superior court) had ruled earlier based on the petition arising from lagos state that the use of card readers or otherwise was not a ground for nullifying elections…..was the tribunal unaware of this judgement or did it decide to ignore it?

      I am not partisan but I believe we must ask real questions especially when it comes to our judicial process. As to the character of the politicians, I will never vouch for any Nigerian politician or political party – APC or PDP -they are the same just different platforms- same ideals of greed, ineptitude and total disregard for the masses. i suggest you do not pick sides. the fight is between the political elites and we the masses.

      As for Azikiwe, Awolowo and the Sardauna- I am sorry to burst your bubble – the more you read about Nigerian history, the more you’ll realize that we do not have heroes. Death and and the passage of time has a way of glorifying characters, These men are not as great as we have been led to believe- but that’s discussion for another day.

      our role as citizens is to ask questions- today it might be Wike who is the “victim” of impunity, (The law is not concerned with who likes who, even a murderer is a beneficiary of the pillars of justice under the law.) It may not matter because you do not like him, tomorrow it may be someone you like, who will ask questions then on your candidate’s behalf? let us promote the rule of law and not partisan interests. what is good for the gander should be great for the goose as well.

  5. Ada

    October 27, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Chi m! Who do you like this?

  6. dips

    October 27, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Point of correction…….the appeal thrown out only has to do with the relocation of ithe tribunal to Abuja and not the nullification of his election. He can still appeal the nullification of his election…starting from the court of appeal.

  7. Emy

    October 27, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    BN get your facts right. To post this kain news de always sweet una for body

  8. prince

    October 27, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Why him dey join up and down, thought he said even if election is held 50times, he’ll win. he should spend his energy on campaigning. He has just 90days and its already countring

  9. ACE

    October 28, 2015 at 9:48 am

    God help Rivers State. Why all this? Is it only in Rivers State that elections were held or electoral malpractice? All we need is peace and development cos we are 39 years behind . Pray for Rivers State .

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