S’Court Dismisses Wike’s Suit Against Tribunal

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The supreme court has dismissed the suit of Nyesom Wike, Rivers state governor, challenging the jurisdiction of the election petition tribunal to hear a petition by APC’s Dakuku Peterside while sitting in Abuja.

The contention of the PDP candidate is that the tribunal should have sat in Rivers state.

The tribunal was moved to Abuja over for security concerns, as those of  Akwa I‎bom, Yobe, Adamawa and Borno.

The appeal court had earlier ruled that the tribunal could sit in Abuja to handle Rivers election petitions.

The Rivers tribunal had last Saturday sacked Wike as governor of the state, and ordered that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) hold a fresh election within 90 days.

The apex court held that the tribunal was properly constituted and had jurisdiction to hear the petition of Peterside.

In a lead judgment read by Justice Sanusi, the court ruled that the shift in location of the tribunal from Rivers to Abuja was out of necessity, and added that the president of the appeal court did not err in law by ordering the‎ relocation of the tribunal.

The court therefore dismissed Wike’s suit for lack of merit.

‎The seven judges of the court, who were all in agreement with the ruling, stated that the relocation of the tribunal was to protect members of the panel and as such complied with the “doctrine of necessity”.