Obalga Chairman Applauds Wike’s Leadership Style As Tribunal Upholds Governor Wike’s Re-election, dismisses Petition Filed by PPP
The Executive Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area Hon. Solomon Abel Eke has attributed Gov. Wike’s recent victory at the tribunal to the people oriented leadership style of the Governor. The Chairman in a statement released via his media office remarked that; “The prayers of Rivers people have been answered by the numerous victorious verdicts emanating from the tribunal. Governor Wike’s victory at the polls and the tribunal is a testament of his proven people oriented leadership style.”
The Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal had on Tuesday, dismissed the petition filed by the Rivers State Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP), Mr Clifford Edanuko against the election of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.
Ruling on a motion filed by the Rivers State Governorship Candidate of PPP, the Chairman of the Rivers State Governorship Tribunal on Tuesday, Justice JA Orjiako dismissed the petition and confirmed Governor Wike as the duly re-elected Governor of Rivers State.
Justice Orjiako also agreed with counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC), Abdulhakeem Mustapha (SAN), counsel to Governor Wike, Chief Okey Wali (SAN) and Counsel to PDP, Ken Njamanze (SAN) that there were no illegal terms of withdrawal.
The Tribunal ruled that Petition Number EPT/RS/GOV/O5/2015 stands dismissed, following the motion on notice filed by the petitioner on 23rd July, 2019 for the discontinuation of the matter.
Moving the motion for discontinuance, counsel to the petitioner, E. Paul Masichi said he had instruction of the petitioner to withdraw the petition.
In an affidavit filed before the Tribunal, he said that the petitioner withdrew the petition so that governance will flow without any distraction in Rivers State.
He said: “We are all Rivers people. The petitioner is a Rivers man. He has looked at it and said let’s give peace a chance. The peace we are enjoying in Rivers State today is what everyone is happy about. It will not serve the interest of the state to continue this legal tussle”.
Counsel to Rivers State Governor, Chief Okey Wali (SAN) said that it was gracious of the petitioner to withdraw the petition because his political party (PPP) is interested in the political stability of Rivers State.