News just coming in has it that Nigeria’s Supreme Court sitting in Abuja today dismissed an appeal brought before it by former Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state challenging the territorial jurisdiction of the election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja.
However, It is no longer news that the tribunals jointly cancelled the election of Mr. Wike and 21 members of the state house of assembly including the speaker, Owaji Ibani. The tribunals upheld the petitions of the All Progressives Congress and its candidates in 20 out of the total 32 constituency elections.
Why Wike was sacked:
1) according to the tribunal, the evidence of the witnesses of Wike and INEC is incredible and unreliable, and the petitioners had proven their case.
2) Wike’s witnesses dodged questions under cross-examination and refused to answer questions on documents the petitioners confronted them with.
3) The tribunal said the character of witnesses called by Mr. Wike had been impugned under cross-examination.
4) A simple glance at the results (Exhibit A10) showed that the election was not conducted in substantial compliance with the Electoral Act.
5) It was confirmed that the election was marred by intimidation of voters, non-availability of result sheets, snatching of electoral materials, non-collation of results at wards and local government levels.
Change is really on rampage in Rivers state. The centre seems to no longer hold for Mr Wike and PDP. After the court judgement, there has been wild jubilation in Rivers state and it is being rumoured that these would hasten the confirmation of Rotimi Amaechi as Minister.