Saturday, October 24, 2015

Tribunal nullifies Wike’s election, calls for re-run

The electoral tribunal sitting in Abuja, Saturday, October 24, nullified the election of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State, even as it ordered that a re-run be conducted in the state, ITRealms reports.

Wike’s election was being challenged at the tribunal in a petition filed by Dakubu Peterside, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The APC alongside its gubernatorial candidate had been contesting the declaration of Governor Wike by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the Rivers state governorship poll in the April 11 gubernatorial election.

ITRealms learnt that Governor Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had asked the tribunal to dismiss the petition for lacking in substance and merit.

INEC had declared Wike who contested on the platform of the PDP as the winner of the election having scored a total of 1,029,102 votes as against Peterside’s 124,896.

However, the APC and Peterside in their petition filed on May 3, had urged the tribunal to nullify the election in the entire 23 local government areas of the state and order fresh one on the account of alleged substantial non-compliance with provisions of the Electoral Act and Manual for Election Officers 2015, ITRealms gathered.

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