Wike Reacts As Tribunal Affirms Dismisses Tonye-Cole’s Petition Against Fubara

The verdict of the Rivers State governorship election petition tribunal has been addressed by Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Nyesom Wike.

According to, the Rivers State Governorship Election appeal Tribunal in Abuja denied the appeal submitted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for governor, Tonye Cole, challenging the election of Governor Siminalayi Fubara in the March 18 election.

Recall that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Fubara had been proclaimed the victor of the Rivers governorship race by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Rivers Tribunal: Court Dismisses Tonye-Cole’s Petition Against Gov Fubara

The national leadership of the APC withdrew from the complaint against Fubara, thus the tribunal’s three-person panel dismissed Tonye-Cole’s claim in its Monday ruling.

The Labour Party’s Beatrice Itubo’s suit challenging the election of Fubara as governor of Rivers State was also rejected by the judiciary.

The tribunal also denied the plea submitted by Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, the Accord Party’s candidate for governor.

In an interview with journalists following the tribunal’s decision, Wike expressed his delight at the decision and described how happy he was to have received justice as a youngster whose land had been taken by an outsider.

UPDATE: Rivers Gov, Fubara Hints On Wike Dumping PDP For APC

The federal minister said that APC withdrew from the case when PDP provided its evidence, calling Tonye Cole a “disobedient boy” and his petition a “satanic request.”


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