Electoral Disputes: Governor Wike suggests Alternative Dispute Resolution

Electoral Disputes: Governor Wike suggests Alternative Dispute Resolution
Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has suggested the introduction  of  Alternative Dispute Resolution  (ADR) in the settlement  of  political  conflicts after major elections .
The governor  noted  that  ADR will help reduce the level of bickering, time and resources expended on cases at the election tribunals, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court .
Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Executive Members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators on Friday at the Government House , Port Harcourt , Governor Wike said : “We as politicians have been discussing  on how we can introduce  Alternative Dispute Resolution in settlement of election matters without  going  to  the tribunals .
“The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators  can play a role in the introduction  of  ADR  to election  dispute. It will reduce bickering , it will  reduce cost and time spent at the tribunal, Court of Appeal  and Supreme Court.  In other words, there will  be more time for governance “.
The governor added: “It is a major  issue that  we should put our heads together to see how it will be possible to  introduce  election  matters as issues to be resolved  through ADR”.
Governor  Wike  also noted that Rivers State  is safe for investments and tourism.
He said  that Nigerians and expatriates  have already disregarded  politically motivated false insecurity  reports being sponsored by the opposition hence they  troop to Rivers State for conferences.
The state in the last four months has played host to Nigerian Guild of Editors, Nigerian Bar Association , Rotary International  and the West African Architects Fair .
“”Check the crime index in the country , that of Rivers State is quite low. It is lower than other major states. Go to Lagos and Kaduna , they have  higher crime rate than Rivers State “, he said .
He commended the Nigeria Institute of Arbitrators  for bringing its conference to Rivers State .
Earlier , the Chairman of the Local  Organising Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators , Mrs Mmainnaya Essien (SAN ) said that the institute  chose Rivers State  because the  state is safe with modern pamenities  to host international  events.
She noted that Rivers State  will be promoted  as a major destination  for  Alternative Dispute Resolution in the country  on the same standing with Lagos and Abuja.
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators conference  will hold between November 10 and 11, 2016 in Port Harcourt .