Rivers State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal yesterday upheld the victory of Governor Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) dismissing the petition filed by Biomakpabo Awara, the governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) governorship candidate in the 2019 general election.
The three-man panel led by Justice K. A. Ojiako, declared that petition number EPT/RS/ GOV/03/2019, filed by the AAC was incompetent and therefore, dismissed it. The tribunal also deemed Awara’s petition as technically abandoned on the ground of Paragraph 4 of the first schedule of the Electoral Act, just as it declared that the AAC and its candidate didn’t meet key procedural requirements as to applying for pre-hearing information. Ojiako noted that the application by the petitioner, counsel for Awara; Mustafa Ibrahim, had been found to be an abuse of court process.Earlier, the tribunal had struck out applications by the AAC governorship candidate, seeking that he be separated from all joint applications made by the party.
The AAC recently adopted Henry Bello to represent it at the tribunal after the former counsel, Tawo Tawo, a senior advocate of Nigeria withdrew from the matter, with a notice of change of counsel filed at the tribunal. This application came in after the AAC brought in another counsel to handle its matter at the tribunal. The three-man panel led by Justice K. A. Ojiako, after going through arguments by Awara’s AAC suit against Governor Wike, ruled that all applications filed by the 1st petitioner, Tawo Tawo, former AAC counsel, were struck out