‘Igbos Cannot Produce President By Just Complaining’ – The Week In Quotes

 

The past week was a very tensed one with so much to be discussed from politics to security matters. 

Below are some quotes that give us a feel of what transpired within the course of the week under review.

  1. A lot needs to be done quite frankly because if what we read in the papers or what we listen to on the radio is true, there are still some challenges in most of these areas we assumed the security situation has been stabilised.

Former military President, Ibrahim Babangida, shares his view on Operation Amotekun recently launched by the South-West governors, stating that the move is not a viable one.

2. Given his antecedents, I have no doubt that Senator Hope Uzodinma has the competence, capacity, character, and wisdom to steer Imo State to the next level of development. This is no time for politics but for policies, programme, and actions that will usher in a new lease of life for the people.

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, reacts to the Supreme Court judgment that declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 19 governorship election.

3. In its wisdom, the Apex Court finally declared my brother, Senator Hope Uzodinma the validly elected Governor of Imo State In the 2019 Governorship election. I wish to state categorically that I accept the judgment of the Supreme Court in good faith and hereby congratulate Senator Uzodinma on his emergence as Governor.

The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the March 9 governorship election in Imo State, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume says he has accepted the outcome of the appeal at the Supreme Court in good faith.

4. The mandate you freely gave me ‘has now been truncated’.

Mr Emeka Ihedioha says that the mandate given to him by the Imo people has been truncated following the verdict of the Supreme Court that ousted him and brought in Senator Hope Uzodinma.

5. The Constitution does not prohibit us from doing what we are doing.

The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, who is also the Chairman of the Southwest Governors Forum says that the nation’s Constitution does not prohibit the governors from running with the ‘Operation Amotekun’.

6. In this case, the statement credited to the Attorney General of the Federal Government is clearly diversionary and hypocritical.

Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Femi Falana says that the Attorney General’s statement concerning Operation Amotekun is diversionary and hypocritical.

7. Stepping up cooperation with the US in the area of counter-terrorism is something that should be pursued vigorously given the threats of terrorism in the Sahel.

The increase in activities and threats by terrorist groups in the Sahel region can be largely curbed by stepping up relations between Nigeria and the United States of America, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

8. We owe this victory to a functional judiciary.

Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says he owes his gubernatorial victory at the Supreme Court to a functional judiciary.

9. Nigeria has made significant progress over the last twenty years since the country’s return to democracy in 1999.

President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, speaks on Nigeria’s democratic journey so far.

10. There is a good opportunity for Igbos to produce the president of Nigeria in the near future or later. The political arrangement in the country is such that you need correlation with some parts of the North and South. The Igbo can make a move of getting partners from other parts of the country, in particular, the North.  It is not just to complain; meaningful efforts should be made to reach out to get partners so that eventually they will realise their aspirations; and I think they can.

Former Presidential Adviser, Tanko Yakasai, believes the Igbo ethnic group has a chance to produce a Nigerian President if it gets the blessing of other parts of the country, especially the North.

11. He died and left office without having mansions.

Bauchi state remembers Late Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria’s first and only Prime Minister.

12. It’s very difficult to be ambitious when you are living in that kind of place because you are only seeing one thing and my goal is to expose them to more than what they have.

Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, Nyekachi Douglas speaks after stealing the headlines with her wild celebrations following the announcement of Miss Jamaica as the world’s most beautiful woman at the Miss World 2019 beauty pageant.

13. Please save me, I don’t want to die.

A young Nigerian lady who was trafficked to Lebanon regains her freedom and is handed over to the Nigerian Ambassador in Beirut.

14. Amotekun is a pleasant new year gift.

Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka declares his support for the Western Nigeria Security Network, popularly known as ‘Amotekun’.

15. It is unlawful for Buhari’s daughter to use the presidential jet for private affairs.

Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Femi Falana, says the private use of the Presidential Jet by members of President Buhari’s immediate family, is not in accordance with the law.

16. I insist that elections must be free and fair because I am a clear successor to a free and fair election.

President Muhammadu Buhari declares that as a beneficiary of a free and fair election in the country he would bequeath the same to his successor and the nation in 2023.

17. Heaven and Nigerians will never honour those involved in election rigging

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike speaks on attempts to rig elections in the oil-rich state.

18. I’ve Been vindicated because Nigeria is still ‘Jaga Jaga’.

Nigerian musician, Eedris Abdulkareem, says he feels vindicated 18 years after he released his hit song, ‘Nigeria Jaga Jaga’.

Wike Inaugurates Rivers State Ease Of Doing Business Council

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has inaugurated the Rivers State Ease of Doing Business Council (EODBC), with a charge to the council to improve the investment environment of the state.

Inaugurating the Council at the Government House Port Harcourt on Monday, Governor Wike said that the council is critical to the economic development of the State.

He said: “It is important that we have this council to improve the investment climate of the state. To create the environment for investors to come to the State.

“The council will draw up programmes and policies to create the platform for the ease of doing business in Rivers State.”

Governor Wike said that the membership of the Committee is drawn from the public and private sectors, to ensure that all sectors are accommodated in the drive to enhance business opportunities in the state.

He said that the State Deputy Governor is chairing the Council because of the importance his administration attaches to the ease of doing business.

He said: “I believe that those appointed will live up to the expectations of Rivers people. That the Deputy Governor is the Chairman of this council shows how important it is to the State Government.

“These are people with the right experience and expertise and I believe that they will deliver the very best to the state.”

Responding, Deputy Governor and Chairman Ease of Doing Business Council, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo assured the Rivers State Governor that the council will develop policies that will attract investors to the State.

She said: “The Council is saddled with the responsibility to evolve implementable strategies for businesses to thrive in the state. Your Excellency’s policies in the harmonization of taxes, infrastructural development, social sectors of health, education, security and the issuance of Certificates of Occupancy, are pointers towards advancing an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the State.”

She regretted that the enemies of Rivers State have tried to de-market the state through negative propaganda.

The Deputy Governor noted that the council will speedily handle the assignment to make Rivers State, a Champion State in terms of the ease of doing business.

“The Focus will be on deepening the reforms already started across the MDAs to drive productivity, create jobs and restore investor confidence and increase foreign direct investment in the state “, she said.

She informed that the council will engage with public and private stakeholders to ensure that the right policies and programmes are created for the good of Rivers people.

The Following were inaugurated as members of the Council: Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo (Chairman), Commissioner of Finance, Hon Isaac Kamalu, Attorney General of Rivers State, Prof Zaccheus Adangor, Commissioner of Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Nwamkpa, House Committee on Commerce and Industry, Hon Ezu Chibudhom, President, Nigeria Entrepreneurs and Investment Forum, Chief Nabil Saleh, Chairman Rivers Internal Revenue Service, Chief ThankGod Adaoge Norteh and Branch Controller, Central Bank, R.A Randle as members.

Heaven And Nigerians Will Never Honour Those Involved In Election Rigging – Wike

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that Heaven and Nigerians will never honour members of the Nigerian Armed Forces engaged in the snatching of ballot boxes and rigging of elections.

Speaking during an inter-denominational Church Service marking the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration at the Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, Rumuepirikom on Sunday, Governor Wike urged them to be professional.

He said: “We are not honouring those who are unprofessional and carry ballot boxes to influence the electoral process.

“I urge members of the Armed Forces to choose the right path in the interest of the country. It is unfortunate that the military has lost its integrity because of some unprofessional personnel. Nobody is afraid of the military because of their unprofessional conduct.

“Those who come to rig election or kill Rivers people, Heaven will never remember them.”

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Governor Wike said that he has been vindicated by the admission by INEC Chairman that security agencies were responsible for the electoral malpractices that marred the last elections.

He said: “I thank God that the chairman of INEC has owned up that the problem with elections are the security agencies. This confirms all I have said in the past.”

He, however, praised the Armed Forces for the roles they have played in preserving the unity of the country.

“But for them, kidnappers, cultists, insurgents, and armed robbers would have taken over the country “, he said.

Governor Wike called for the institution of a reward system to encourage soldiers put in their best for the country.

In a sermon, Venerable Samuel Chimele called on soldiers to be professional in the discharge of their duties to the nation.

He said: “As we remember our fallen heroes, be professional. There are temptations to the military to be unprofessional, but strive to be professional.”

He said that soldiers who engage in unprofessional acts will go unrecognised in the long run, even when they enjoy the earthly promotion.

The cleric said that the military has no business attempting to enthrone different levels of leadership in the country. He said they should focus on providing security and defending the nation’s territorial integrity.

In the sermon titled: “Faithfulness in Service: The Hallmark of a True Soldier “, Venerable Samuel warned soldiers against the ruthless use of power against national interest.

Prayers were said for the fallen heroes and God’s blessing upon their families. Prayers were also said for the Government and people of Rivers State, the Federal Government, and the Armed Forces.

The International Service marking the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration witnessed praise and worship, with offering to support the Nigerian Legion.

I Will Not Impose Anybody On Rivers State Come 2023 – Wike

 

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that he will not work towards imposing any Governor on Rivers people at the expiration of his second term in 2023.

Speaking during a Solidarity Visit by the Orashi Region of Rivers State at the Government House Port Harcourt on Saturday, Governor Wike said power can never be extended as a gift to any group.

He said: “For the position of Governorship if you have the capacity, come out and contest. Nobody zoned Governorship to me, I struggled for it.

“I will not impose anybody on Rivers people as Governor in 2023. I will not do it. I don’t even have that power, not to talk of giving it out. You cannot give what you don’t have.

“To be the Governor of Rivers State, you must have the capacity to deliver.”

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Governor Wike warned against the politics of bitterness, which he said has denied several Rivers communities access to developmental projects.

He said: “Don’t allow anyone to sow seeds of discords among you. Politics should not divide us. Politics of bitterness does not make sense.

“All of us must not be in one political party. But you must support yourselves to attract projects to your area.”

Governor Wike urged the people of Orashi to remain steadfast in their march towards development. He advised them not to be intimidated as they seek development.

The Governor called on Orashi people to form a united front as they work for their people.

He said: “We must be able to work as a people. We will not abandon any projects awarded by the State Government. You must work as a team to achieve results.”

He called on communities to take steps to protect ongoing Government Projects. He regretted that in Ahoada East and Ahoada West Local Government Areas, noting that some youths disrupt the execution of projects through vandalism and kidnapping.

He particularly decried the invasion of Western Ahoada County Grammar School, the Zonal Hospital Ahoada and Government Secondary School, Okarki by the people of the Area.

Governor Wike thanked the people of Orashi for their support, saying that their early support gave him the leverage to win his election.

Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Chibodum Nwuche thanked the Rivers State Governor for siting key projects in Ekpeye land.

He described Governor Wike as a beacon of hope, who plays politics of inclusiveness.

He said: “We thank Governor Wike for the projects in Ekpeye land. He has been a beacon of hope and has shown inclusiveness. He is a man with a large heart and he is very accommodating.”

The Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives commended the Rivers State Governor for the key bridges and roads that have opened up Port Harcourt City.

Senator Wilson Ake said the shower of rain on Saturday is symbolic, signifying that God has blessed the solidarity visit of the Orashi region.

He said: “I accepted to come here because you have done well. The finishing of your jobs shows class “.

He praised the Rivers State Governor for developing key infrastructure in Port Harcourt because it accommodates the majority of Rivers people.

Also speaking, Barrister Moses Ofori thanked the Rivers State Governor for key projects across the length and breadth of Orashi region.

Senator Representing Rivers West Senatorial District, Senator Betty Appiafi commended the Rivers State Governor for supporting women to grow politically.

Former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Stephen Ezekwem said Governor Wike has displayed a commitment to the development of Rivers State.

In an address on behalf of the people of Orashi, Eze Egi of Ogba land, Prof Anele Nwokoma congratulated the Rivers State Governor for his victory at the polls despite the political gang-up against the state.

He said: “We use this forum to congratulate Your Excellency in all the legal and political victories recorded to date, in spite of the organised gang up against Your Excellency’s Government and of course our common course. We urge you to remain firm, focused and fearless. The people of Orashi stand with you and are proud to call you, our own.”

The people of Orashi said that they have never wavered in their support for Governor Wike. He said that Governor Wike has effectively discharged his responsibilities as Rivers State Governor, rekindling the hope of the people by his utterances and actions.

While thanking the Rivers State Governor for the numerous projects, programmes and positions accorded to Orashi people, they urged Governor Wike to direct contractors handling ongoing projects to return to site to complete the projects.

He said that the Orashi region remains a key economic block, hence it requires more attention from the Federal and State Governments.

They called on Rivers State Governor to support the emergence of his successor from Orashi region.

He said: “in view of these enormous resources continually being contributed to the national coffers of Nigeria and on the foundation of the immutable principles of equity, justice, and fairness, we solemnly but firmly demand and graciously request that Your Excellency should deliberately and deftly support the emergence in 2023 of the Governor of Rivers State from Ekpeye, Ogba, and Abua as these ethnic groups have never been hitherto, so favoured. ”

The solidarity visit by Orashi region ended in a carnival of sorts, as the people danced and celebrated at the Government House Port Harcourt.

Rivers Govt, Real Madrid Sign Ratification Agreement

 

Rivers State Government and Real Madrid Football Club have signed a ratification agreement for the development of Real Madrid Academy, Port Harcourt into an international football academy.

The agreement signing ceremony took place on Monday at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home of Real Madrid Football Club. The signature event held at the Presidency Reception Centre of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

The signature of the ratification Protocol was executed by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and the Executive Vice President of Real Madrid Football Club Foundation , Enrique Sanchez.

In an address, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike said that the State Government is preparing the Real Madrid Academy as a veritable pathway for the empowerment of Rivers Children.

He said: “We are preparing the Real Madrid Academy as a veritable pathway for our young stars to be international football talents and for them to realise their dreams.

“We will offer them exposure, nurturing opportunities and mentorship by world renowned professionals at the Real Madrid Academy “.

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He informed the Real Madrid Football Club management that the Rivers State Government has already exhibited seriousness by developing the needed infrastructure at the Real Madrid Academy in Port Harcourt.

He said that in establishing the Real Madrid Academy, the Rivers State Government took into consideration the culture and reality of the state.

“Taking the interest of our youths, the Real Madrid Academy is designed for culture and holistic programmes with a comprehensive package for the acquisition of high level knowledge in a comfortable and inspiring environment “, he said.

He added that the Real Madrid Academy will also serve as an avenue to grow the economy of Rivers State, which is the second largest in the country. Governor Wike urged officials of Real Madrid Football Club to serve as ambassadors of Rivers State to the rest of Europe.

Executive Vice President of Real Madrid Football Club Foundation , Enrique Sanchez commended the Rivers State Government for its commitment to using football as a tool to empower youths.

He assured the Rivers State Government that the Real Madrid Foundation will continue to partner with it for the training and exposure of Rivers Children .

Sanchez said that the partnership with the Rivers State Government will be expanded to include local schools in Rivers State.

The Director of Institutional Relations in Real Madrid Football Club, Mr Emilio Butragueno said that Real Madrid appreciates any authority that promotes the wellbeing of children irrespective of their background.

He thanked Governor Wike for the initiative of using football as a platform to reach out to different categories of Rivers children.

Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, Ambassador Susan Aderonke praised Governor Wike for his investments in the development of football .

“This is a legacy that Governor Wike is leaving for Nigerian Children. We are happy with his investments in developing the future of our Children “, she said.

Earlier, Director of Institutional Relations in Real Madrid Football Club, Mr Emilio Butragueno took Governor Wike and his entourage on a tour of facilities at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Area Manager of Real Madrid Foundation for Africa and Middle East, Mr Inigo Vallejo coordinated the signature event witnessed by official of Interact Sports led by their Chief Executive Officer, Mr Jihad Saade.

On 21st September, 2019, the Rivers State Government unveiled the splendid Real Madrid Football Academy constructed by the Nyesom Ezenwo Wike Administration to promote professional football.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike was accompanied by Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah,

Senator Representing Rivers South-east, Senator Barry Mpigi, Deputy Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Ehie Edison, Former Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt Hon Austin Opara, Senator Olaka Nwogu, Senator Sam Anyanwu, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, Former Commissioner of Sports, Boma Iyaye, Former Rivers Lawmaker, Felix Nwaeke and Former Commissioner, Marcus Nlenji.

Wike Submits Report Card After 100 Days

Wike Writes Rivers Assembly, Reports Suspended LG Chairmen
File photo: Nyesom Wike

 

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has made a list of what his government has achieved within the first hundred days of his second term.

Wike listed his achievements in a statement published via his social media page.

Here is the list of Wike’s achievements in the last hundred days.

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Alleged Mosque Demolition: Sharia Council Demands Compensation From Wike

Rivers Governor, Nyesom-Wike

 

The Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria is demanding for the immediate payment of compensation for the reconstruction of the mosque in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, that was allegedly demolished by the state government.

Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria, Sheikh Nafiu Baba-Ahmad disclosed this during a conference on Tuesday.

Baba-Ahmad notes that such compensation will go a long way in dousing likely political and religious tension across the nation, over the alleged demolition.

READ ALSO: We Did Not Demolish Any Mosque In Port Harcourt – Wike

The group also called on political leaders to be conscious of how they handle religious issues and unguarded statements.

They called on political leaders to promote policies and programmes that will consolidate ethno- religious harmony in the country.

Governor Wike had earlier in reaction to the allegation demolition said there was no Mosque on the ground, hence nothing was demolished.

According to him, the report of the demolition is the ‘false Information planted by mischief makers to create disaffection.’

He explained that some persons started erecting illegal foundation at the disputed land, even though they had no approval to embark on any construction work.

 

Channels Kids Cup: ‘Be Disciplined And Excel’, Wike Charges Young Players

 

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has charged the players of Banham Model Primary School Port Harcourt, winners of Channels Television Kids Cup, to be worthy ambassadors of the state and Nigeria during their training tour at the Real Madrid Academy in Spain.

Addressing the players at the Government House Port Harcourt during a pre-departure meeting on Sunday, Governor Wike urged them to be disciplined, display their talents and excel as young players.

He said: “When you get to Spain, show that you have talents. I know you will excel. While you are in the Academy, officials of Real Madrid Football Club will monitor your activities. Be disciplined.

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“God knows why he allowed Banham Model Primary School Port Harcourt to win the Channels Kids Cup. It is for you to excel”.

He said that when the players Return from their training in Spain, they will play a match with a selected under 13 Team to Commission the Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt.

“I have told the people in Spain to buy Real Madrid Jerseys and boots for you”, he said.

He reiterated that the players will be the first set of students to be admitted into the Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt.

The Governor said that among the young players of Banham Model Primary School Port Harcourt who won the Channels Television Kids Cup, International Stars will emerge.

“Football today rules the world. Footballers are billionaires in International currencies. What these stars are, you can be better.

“Take this opportunity to be the best. Target to be a player of Real Madrid in the future. You must use this opportunity to turn around the lives of your families “, he said.

He warned the players against any misconduct. He said that the Rivers State Government will receive reports from the Real Madrid Football Academy on their conduct abroad. He said anyone who misbehaves would be sanctioned.

Earlier, the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Dr Tammy Danagogo thanked the Rivers State Governor for creating the opportunity for the players to excel.

He said that Governor Wike took the grooming of a players as a personal project. He said when Visa became difficult, the Rivers State Governor personally met with the Spanish Ambassador to assure them of the commitment of the state.

Dr Tammy Danagogo said that the training in Spain will inspire the young players to emerge as international Stars.

The players were accompanied by their parents and siblings to the Government House Port Harcourt for the pre-departure meeting.

We Did Not Demolish Any Mosque In Port Harcourt – Wike

Rivers Governor, Nyesom-Wike

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has described as unfortunate the ‘false Information’ being circulated that the State Government demolished a Mosque in Port Harcourt, saying that the report was planted by mischief makers to create disaffection.

Addressing journalists at the location on Biambo Street Off, School Road by Mami Market Junction, near Rainbow Estate on Monday., Governor Wike said there was no Mosque on ground, hence nothing was demolished.

He said: “I received calls from several prominent Nigerians 8on the fake news being circulated online. I have come here with Reporters and you can see there was no Mosque here.

“It is most unfortunate that fickle minded persons will claim that a Mosque was demolished at this place, when no Mosque existed here. The story was concocted by mischief makers to score cheap points”.

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Governor Wike explained that some persons started erecting illegal foundation at the disputed land, even though they had no approval to embark on any construction work.

“They came here to erect illegal structure. There was no approval from the State Government for any structure to be erected here.

“The persons who started the foundation had already dragged the State Government to court on the disputed land. The Rivers State Government won the case. What they attempted to do was to start the illegal construction to tie the hands of the State Government “, he said.

The Governor urged the Muslim Community in Rivers State to show him where a Mosque was demolished in the State. He advised them not to allow themselves to be used by politicians to peddle false stories against the Rivers State Government..

Governor Wike said that the State Government operates within the rule of law. He said that the State Government will not be distracted by the illegal circulation of fake reports.

He stated that several Mosques constructed on the approval of the State Government exist across Port Harcourt and other major towns of Rivers State, without the State Government demolishing them.

“The government gave them notice not to do anything on the land. But they went ahead with the illegal foundation and the relevant agency stopped them.

“Why would want to bring down any Mosque , when there are other Mosques across the State? What is the Special interest on this one?

Nobody Should Attempt The ‘Revolution Now’ Protest In Rivers State – Wike

Wike Inaugurates Loan Disbursement Committees

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that nobody should attempt the ‘RevolutionNow’ protest in the state.

Governor Wike said that Rivers State is not part of the RevolutionNow protest and whatever illegal agenda it seeks to pursue.

The Governor said: “Rivers State does not subscribe to what the RevolutionNow protest represents and Rivers State is not part of the protest”.

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He directed security agencies in the state to arrest anybody involved in the RevolutionNow protest and also take all necessary steps to prosecute such persons.

Governor Wike urged parents to ensure that their children are not misled by agents of the march to participate in the illegal protest.

“All council chairmen are directed to be at alert. If they suspect any illegal gathering, they should report to the security agencies for immediate action “, Governor Wike said.

Rivers Governorship Election: Supreme Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Wike’s Qualification

Supreme Court Strikes Out APC's Appeal On Exclusion From Rivers Elections

 

The Supreme Court has dismissed the suit challenging the qualification of Nyesom Wike to uphold the governorship seat in the Rivers State elections.

Justice Paul Galije who read the lead judgment on Monday which was prepared by Justice Olukayode Ariwoola said the Appeal Court erred in law to have allowed the appellant, Elvis Chinda, amend his notice of appeal several days after he ought to have done so.

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The five man panel held that amendment of notices of appeal cannot be done outside the time stipulated by law.

Governor Wike had earlier approached the apex court challenging the decision of the Appeal Court to allow Mr Chinda amend his notice of appeal seeking to remove him as Governor of Rivers State on the grounds of alleged age falsification.