The Supreme Court on the 27th of January upheld the election of Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party as governor of the oil-rich Rivers State.
The court gave the ruling validating the April 11 governorship election on Wednesday but did not provide reasons for its judgment. This marked an end to the gubernatorial power tussle between the All Progressives Congress and the PDP in Rivers state as the leadership of the APC has conceeded defeat.
The indigenes of Port Harcourt stormed the streets immediately to celebrate the victory of Wike as he passed through the streets with his entourage.
The Supreme court said detailed reasons for the verdict would be provided on February 12.
The Court of Appeal had on December 16 affirmed the judgment of the Rivers Governorship Election Tribunal. The appeal court had ruled that Mr. Wike was not validly elected.
The Rivers Tribunal had earlier on October 24 nullified Mr. Wike’s election. The tribunal, which delivered its ruling in Abuja, also ordered that a fresh governorship election be conducted in the state.
After the tribunal’s ruling, the governor headed to the Court of Appeal, saying the judgment was untenable. The petition challenging the election of Mr. Wike as Rivers State Governor was filed by Dakuku Peterside, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the election.
The Rivers governorship election, which was criticised by local and international observers, witnessed the largest amount of violence both in its build-up and after the election.