The Supreme Court today upheld the two appeals filed by The Governor of rivers state Nyesom Wike, challenging the decisions of the Court of Appeal, upturning the dismissal of a petition filed by the African Action Congress (AAC) and Festus Awara its candidate in the last governorship election.
Justice Ejembi Eko, in delivering the lead judgment, upheld the two appeals on the grounds that they were meritorious.
The appeals were against the decisions of the Court of Appeal, reversing two decisions of the Governorship Election Tribunal.
The Court had set aside the judgment of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that dismissed Awara’s petition.
The five-man panel consequently directed all parties to return to the tribunal to hear the matter on its merit.
The judgment that was read by Justice J.O. Bada, held that the appellant did no harm for requesting the regularisation of his suit.
On the second appeal by the Awara, on the consent judgment and preliminary objections by respondents, the five man appeal panel in a unanimous judgment also set aside the judgment of the tribunal, saying that the tribunal erred in their decision.