Trouble for Former Rivers Governor as Wike Moves to De-recognise Him, Stop Allowances

Trouble for Former Rivers Governor as Wike Moves to De-recognise Him, Stop Allowances

  • Former Rivers state governor, Celestine Omehia, will be stripped of his title by the Nyesom Wike on Friday, October 7
  • This was disclosed in a statement released by Kelvin Ebiri,, the media aide to Governor Nyesom Wike
  • Ebiri said the signing of the document for the de-recognition of Omehia will take place at the Rivers state Government House

The governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, will sign the official de-recognition of a former governor of the state, Celestine Omehia.

The Punch reports that Wike's move to sign Omehia's de-recognition follows the adoption of a resolution by the Rivers State House of Assembly against the entitlements accorded the former governor.

Nyesom Wike, Celestine Omehia, Rivers state
Wike will sign the de-recognise Celestine Omehia as former governor of Rivers state. Photo: Rivers state government
Source: UGC

A statement signed by Kelvin Ebiri, a media aide to Wike on Thursday, October 6, the governor will sign the instrument on the cancellation of Omehia's recognition as a former governor of Rivers state.

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Ebiri said:

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“His Excellency Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, the Executive Governor of Rivers State, is to sign the instrument on cancellation of the recognition of Sir Celestine Omehia as a former governor of Rivers State.
“The cancellation of the recognition is sequel to the resolution of the Rivers State House of Assembly adopted on Thursday, 6th October 2022 to de-recognize Sir Celestine Omehia as a former governor of the State.
“The signing will take place in Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday, 7th October 2022 by 12 noon.”

Sir Celestine Omehia served as a governor of Rivers state from May 29, 2007, to October 25, 2007.

However, his victory as governor of the state was annulled by the Supreme Court after a judgement which declared Chibuike Amaechi as the legitimate candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party governorship primary.

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Amaechi had earlier won the PDP primaries, but the party had substituted Omehia at the last moment due to allegations of graft.

However, in a swift move, in October 2009, Omehia filed a prayer to the Supreme Court seeking a review of the decision on the election matter but the court denied Omehia's request.

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