Rivers Tribunal Nullifies Election Of Speaker, 20 State Assembly Lawmakers

L-R): Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr Ikuinyi Ibani, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and Speaker Delta State House of Assembly
L-R): Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr Ikuinyi Ibani, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and Speaker Delta State House of Assembly

The last may not have been heard of the political crisis rocking Rivers State, as the state Elections Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Abuja on Monday nullified the election of the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Owaji Ibani, and 20 other lawmakers.

In its latest judgment, the tribunal, led by the Justice Mu’azu Pindiga, cited cases of irregularities and violence among other electoral malpractices as reasons for the nullification of the affected 21 lawmakers’ election victory.

This is happening just three days after the tribunal nullified the April 11 governorship election of governor Neysom Wike.

The tribunal, however, ordered fresh elections to be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to fill the new vacant seats.

Another principal officer affected beside Ibani, who represents Andoni constituency, is the Leader of the State Assembly, Martins Amaewhule, representing Obio-Akpor constituency 1.






     

     

    Meanwhile, the election for Oyigbo Constituency was upheld by the tribunal as well the victory of the PDP’s Kelechi NWorgu, representing Omuma State Constituency.

    Many of the affected legislators have said that they would be seeking to appeal the judgments.

    One of the petitioners, Matthew Dike, of the APC in Tai Constituency commended the tribunal ruling, adding that he was confident of victory in the re-run.

    But the PDP lawmaker representing Degema Constituency in the Assembly, Farah Dagogo, has described the ruling that nullified his election as vexatious, adding that he has already began the process of appealing the judgement.

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