The petition filed by the Rivers State Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP), Clifford Edanuko against the election of Governor Nyesom Wike has been dismissed by the Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal.
Ruling on a motion filed by the Rivers State Governorship Candidate of PPP, the Chairman of the Rivers State Governorship Tribunal, Justice JA Orjiako, on Tuesday, dismissed the petition and confirmed Wike as the duly re-elected Governor of Rivers State.
Justice Orjiako also agreed with counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC), Abdulhakeem Mustapha (SAN), counsel to Governor Wike, Okey Wali (SAN) and Counsel to PDP, Ken Njamanze (SAN) that there were no illegal terms of withdrawal.
The Tribunal ruled that Petition Number EPT/RS/GOV/O5/2015 stands dismissed, following the motion on notice filed by the petitioner on 23rd July, 2019 for the discontinuation of the matter.
Moving the motion for discontinuance, counsel to the petitioner, K. Otehi said he had instruction of the petitioner to withdraw the petition.
He said in an affidavit filed before the Tribunal, that the petitioner withdrew the petition so that governance will flow without any distraction in Rivers State.
He said: “We are all Rivers people. The petitioner is a Rivers man. He has looked at it and said let’s give peace a chance. The peace we are enjoying in Rivers State today is what everyone is happy about. It will not serve the interest of the state to continue this legal tussle”.
It will be recalled that INEC declared Governor Wike re-elected after he polled 886,264 votes, while his closest challenger of African Alliance Congress (AAC) Biokpomabo Awara, scored 173,859 votes.