- An appeal court in Rivers state has affirmed the election victory of Nyesom Wike as the winner of the 2019 governorship election
- The court threw out the appeal filed by the governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Victor Fingesi
- The judgement of the appeal court was unanimously taken by the panel of judges that presided
An election case brought against Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers was, on Monday, December 2, thrown out by an appeal court sitting in Port Harcourt, capital of the state.
The appellate court ruled that the petition brought by the candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Victor Fingesi, lacked merit.
His petition was earlier dismissed by the governorship tribunal. He, however, headed to the appeal court.
In the judgement led by Justice HN Ogunwimiji, the appeal court said Fingesi could not prove the allegation of irregularities during the election.
The appeal court further ruled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has the constitutional backing to carry out its activities.
The court declared that Fingesi was not qualified to petition the election tribunal against Wike.
The decision was unanimously agreed to by Justice TN Orji Ababua, Justice U Omyenenn, Justice HA Barka and Justice IB Idiris.
Wike's counsel, Ike Udenna, reacted to the decision of the appeal court in favour of the governor as he said the case was thrown out for lacking merit.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Bala Mohammed, governor of Bauchi, who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was in the afternoon of Friday, November 29, declared the rightful winner of the 2019 governorship election in the state.
This is as the appeal court in Jos, Plateau, threw out the petition by the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the governor.
The ruling by the appeal court resulted in celebration in most parts of the state, according to the Nigerian Tribune.
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