What Appeal court ruled on Gov. Wike’s re-election

RIVERS, Nigeria – The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt on Monday struck out the appeal filed by the defeated Governorship Candidate of Action Democratic Party (ADP), Mr Victor Fingesi.


Victor Fingesi had approached the Court of Appeal after the Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal on October 5, 2019, dismissed his petition challenging the re-election of Governor Wike, PDP Governorship Candidate during the 2019 Election.

In a lead judgment on Monday, Justice H.N Ogunwimiji declared that the ADP Governorship candidate’s petition was struck out as he failed to prove that the election was marred by irregularities

Justice Ogunwimiji upheld the reelection of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, adding that anyone who asserts, must lead relevant evidence to prove such allegations.

The Court of Appeal also held that the petitioner lacked the locus standi to file the petition as earlier ruled by the Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal.

Counsel to Rivers State Governor, Ike Udenna said that the Tribunal came to the conclusion that the Tribunal was right to uphold the election of Governor Wike.

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