Tribunal shuns Fingesi, reaffirms Nyesom Wike’s victory


Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Port Harcourt has dashed the hope of Victor Fingesi of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), by reaffirming Governor Nyesom Wike’s victory in the March 9 election.

The ADP was before the tribunal to challenge the victory of the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election.

The three man petition tribunal panel led by Justice Kingsley A. Ojiako, dismissed the petition on Saturday for lacking in merit.

Fingesi and his party claimed that governorship election did not hold in the state, following widespread violence, which was confirmed by a statement signed and circulated by the Independent National Election Commission (INEC).

They urged the court to nullify the entire election, declare INEC results which announced Wike winner of the exercise null and void and order for a fresh poll.

Delivering the 3 -hour judgement, Justice Ojiakor ruled that the petition by the ADP lacked merit.

He said that the petitioners lacked lucus standi to argue the position in court.

Justice Ojiako ruled that the petitioner failed to present any reasonable cause of actions against the 2nd respondent (Wike), stating that ADP candidate lacked the locus standi to present grounds 5&6 based on inconsistent paragraphs in the petition.



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