- A tribunal sitting in Abuja has thrown out the petition filed by the Labour Party against Governor Simnalayi Fubara
- Fubara was declared the winner of the March 2023 gubernatorial election in Rivers state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
- LP's petition which sought to "reclaim its mandate" was dismissed by the tribunal for lacking merit
Port Harcourt, Rivers state - The Rivers governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja has rejected the petition brought by Beatrice Itubo, the governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the state.
The tribunal’s decision on Monday, October 2, comes after a petition was filed by the LP candidate, contesting Fubara’s victory. The Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) noted this development.
Rivers state: Tribunal dismisses LP’s petition
Per Channels Television, Justice Emifonye-led tribunal dismissed the petition for "lacking merit" and for failing to prove their allegations.
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Recall the LP and its candidate, Itubo had approached the Tribunal to nullify the election of Governor Fubara whom the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared as winner after poling 302,614 votes to defeat his rivals. But their appeal has been rejected.
Going by the tribunal's ruling on Monday, October 2, Fubara, an ally of Nyesom Wike, the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), remains the governor of Rivers state.
Fubara reveals difference between him and Wike
In a piece of related news, Legit.ng reported that Fubara teased his predecessor, Wike, when he told citizens that he was an administrator and not a politician.
Governor said he speaks more like an administrator and Wike would be invited when political matters surface.
'Don’t expect Fubara to behave like me'
Legit.ng also reported that Wike told Rivers people not to expect Fubara to adopt his style in relating with them.
But Wike insisted that with the support of the people, Fubara and his deputy, Professor Ngozi Odu, the present government in Rivers would "surpass his (Wike's) record".
Wike spoke at a public lecture and book presentation in his honour at Dr. Obi Wali International Conference Centre in Port Harcourt.