Supreme Court explains Rivers governorship ruling

Chukwumerije Aja, Abuja

The Supreme Court in Nigeria on Friday, gave reasons for the decision it took in affirming the election of Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike.

The apex court held that the trial tribunal whose Chairman was at one point changed during the trial, was not properly constituted and therefore amounts to a nullity.

It also held that the card reader is to check multiple voting and does not and can not replace the voters register.

In a unanimous decision, the full man panel of the justices of the Apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, also held that the Court of Appeal and the tribunal were swayed by rules set by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

It held that the use of the card reader had not and could not do away with the manual register.

They, however, commended the card reader and called for its improvement, but still held that it could not replace the manual register.

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