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Rivers Tribunal: AAC’s Awara loses petition to Wike

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The candidate for the governorship of the African Action Congress, Biokpomabo Awara, lost his request in defiance of the victory of Governor Nyesom Wike of the Popular Democratic Party.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The wine was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Awara had asked the Court to declare him the winner of the governor’s election of March 9, 2019, at Rivers State or annul the election made by the INEC for breach of the electoral rules and guidelines.

But the three-person panel led by Judge Kingsley Ojiakor in a unanimous trial ruled that the first petitioner could not prove his case beyond any reasonable doubt.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He said that documentary evidence, including results sheets and other documents submitted by witnesses, were not considered exact certified copies.

The Court also said that Awara could not call a single witness from each voting unit to show that he was leading in some areas of the local government, as stated in his petition.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The Court further explained that the first petitioner did not demonstrate that INEC did not comply with the Electoral Law to declare Governor Wike, a winner and, therefore, dismissed the petition for lack of merit.

Speaking to reporters, the petitioner’s lawyer, Emenike Ebete, said the ruling was a victory for his client after the matter was finally heard on his merit, just as he revealed that his client would be ready to appeal the ruling.

“As far as we are concerned, this trial is a victory for the first petitioner because we never thought we would reach this stage. Before this, he was dismissed for being abandoned.

“We are certainly going to appeal this ruling because there are many issues that were not addressed by the Court. We are working to make what happened in Rivers a law.

“That INEC can suspend an election and declare the results again after three weeks? We want the Court to tell us that INEC has the power to do so,” he said.

For his part, Governor Nyesom Wike’s lawyer, Ferdinard Orbih, Nigeria’s chief lawyer, said the ruling means that the governor’s victory had received a judicial seal.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that the Court ordered Awara to pay three hundred thousand nairas each as a cost to Governor Wike, the PDP, and INEC.