The Rivers state governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja has nullified the election of Nyesom Wike as governor of the state. The tribunal ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh governorship election in the state. Suleiman Ambursa, chairman of the tribunal, began delivering the judgment at 10:15am after the lawyers of Wike (second respondent) and Dakuku Peterside, the petitioner and Rivers state governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), announced their appearance for their clients. The three-man tribunal held that Wike was not duly elected governor of Rivers state, adding that the election was flawed based on evidence presented to it. It therefore ruled that a fresh election be conducted in the state within 90 days.
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