By Tobi Soniyi and Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

 

The Rivers State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal Wednesday struck out the attempt by Governor Nyesom Wike to stop the petition of his challenger and governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, challenging his election.Nyesom-Wike

The tribunal sitting in FCT High Court Abuja, refused to strike out the petition of the APC candidate, as prayed by Wike. Who had claimed in a motion challenging the eligibility of Peterside, saying that he was incompetent to have contested for the election because his party failed to notify Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of his candidacy in due time.

The governor had in a motion asked the tribunal to disqualify itself on the grounds that it was not duly constituted in law.

The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Muazu Pindiga, in his ruling on the motion, held that the tribunal was duly constituted by the President of the Court of Appeal.

Pindiga held that its sitting in Abuja on security reason has not rendered it incompetent to hear the matter.

This is the second time the tribunal would be ruling against the application of the Rivers State Governor, and adjourned till Friday, July 31 for another ruling on the constitutionality of a pre-trial hearing.
The APC in Rivers State and Dakuku had dragged INEC, PDP and Governor Wike before the tribunal to challenge his victory at the election on April 11.

The APC candidate claimed that the election was marred with irregularities, fraud, malpractices and violence and called for its cancellation.

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