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Wike Court of Appeal tells Governor to vacate office immediately

The decision was reached today, December 16, 2015, by a five-man panel of the Appeal Court in Abuja

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has ordered Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike to vacate the office immediately after it upheld the decision of the state election petition tribunal which nullified Wike’s victory in the April 11 elections.

The decision was reached today, December 16, 2015, by a five-man panel of the Appeal Court.

 

The tribunal had nullified Wike’s election victory on October 24 and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fresh elections in the state within 90 days.

The Appeal Court supported this decision citing violations of the Electoral Act during the Rivers polls.

Wike’s victory had been challenged by opponent and All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Dakuku Peterside.

The governor had approached the Appeal Court in a bid to set aside the tribunal’s judgment and also lost at the Supreme Court where he went to challenge the tribunal’s jurisdiction.

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