Supreme Court Dismisses Wike’s Suit Against Tribunal

Supreme Court Dismisses Wike’s Suit Against Tribunal

Patrick Aigbokhan
The suit of Nyesom Wike, Rivers state governor, challenging the jurisdiction of the Rivers governorship election petition tribunal to hear a petition by Dakuku Peterside of All Progressives Congress (APC), has been dismissed by the supreme court.
Wike, who contended that the tribunal should have sat in Rivers state and not in Abuja, argued that the tribunal sitting in Abuja had no jurisdiction over matters that transpired in the state.
The tribunal was moved to Abuja over for security concerns, as those of Akwa I‎bom, Yobe, Adamawa and Borno.
The appeal court had earlier ruled that the tribunal could sit in Abuja to handle Rivers election petitions.
The Rivers tribunal had last Saturday sacked Wike as governor of the state, and ordered that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) hold a fresh election within 90 days.