Abuja - The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Thursday dismissed an appeal by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, asking the President of the Court, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, to constitute a new panel to hear the appeal that would flow from the judgment of the Justice Suleiman Ambrosa-led Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, reports Tribune.
The court also dismissed an application by the APC and Dakuku seeking to reinstate some paragraphs that were struck out from their petition challenging the governorship election of Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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The tribunal had in a judgment delivered last week, sacked Nyesom Wike as governor of Rivers State and ordered the Independent Nation Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh governorship election in the state within 90 days, struck out all paragraphs containing allegations of electoral crime against named and un-named security agents and alleged political thugs.
Dakuku and the APC were dissatisfied with the ruling and appealed at the Court of Appeal, asking the appellate court to reinstate all such allegations.
The Court of Appeal held that the tribunal was right when it expunged those criminal allegations from its record.
The court directed that all the criminal allegations contained in the petition against the said security agents and alleged political thugs be expunged, as they had no opportunity to defend themselves at the tribunal.
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- News 24