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Tuesday 27 October 2015

Supreme court throws out suit filed by Wike against Rivers election tribunal

The Supreme court has thrown out a suit filed by Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike against the Rivers state election tribunal. Wike had approached the apex court, asking that the action of the tribunal to relocate from Rivers state to Abuja be regarded as unconstitutional. The tribunal had relocated to Abuja due to security threats in Port Harcourt.

Delivering its judgement this morning, the 7 man panel of judges said the relocation of the tribunal from Rivers state to Abuja was constitutional and borne out of security challenges.

The apex court also added that the president of the appeal court did not err in law by ordering the relocation of the tribunal. On Saturday October 24th, the state tribunal nullified Wike's election and ordered a fresh election be conducted in 90 days.

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