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Tribunal nullifies Wike’s election; orders fresh poll within 90 days

Dakuku Peterside, the APC governorship candidate in Rivers elections
Dakuku Peterside, the APC governorship candidate in Rivers elections

The drama which trailed proceedings at the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, has ended with the nullification of the election victory secured by Governor Nyesom Wike in the April 11, 2015 gubernatorial election.

This is just as the tribunal ordered fresh elections to be conducted in the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) within three months of the ruling.

The Tribunal’s ruling thus presents the first challenge for newly-appointed INEC National chairman, Prof Yakubu.

The three-man tribunal chaired by Justice Suleiman Ambursa nullified the declaration of Chief Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as winner of the ballot by INEC, having observed that Wike’s election did not comply substantially with electoral guidelines.

The litigant, Dr. Dakuku Peterside of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had sought the nullification of the ballot on the grounds that it was marred by irregularities and fraudulent practices, adding that did not conduct it in line with the electoral laws.

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