22 Rivers Council Chairmen, Councillors Sacked

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•Gov. Nyesom Wike

A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, southern Nigeria, presided over by Justice Lambo Akanbi, on Thursday morning nullified the election of the 22 Local Government Council chairmen and councillors.

The election was conducted by the Professor Augustine Ahiazu-led Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission, RSIEC, under former Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi administration.

Justice Akanbi averred that the conduct of the election that produced the 22 local government council chairmen out of the 23 in the state was not only illegal but an affront on the court because a matter was already pending in court that directed RSIEC and the state government not to go ahead with the election but the order of court was flagrantly disobeyed.

•Gov. Nyesom Wike
•Gov. Nyesom Wike

By the judgement, the 22 local government council chairmen who are mainly members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have been sacked.

When RSIEC planned the conduct of the election at the twilight of the immediate past administration in May, the state Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, challenged the election through a court injunction but RSIEC claimed the order of court did not affect it, So PDP boycotted it.

RSIEC led by Prof Ahiazu had earlier been sacked by Governor Wike who reconstituted it.

The Federal High court in its judgement said it had to defend and protect democracy by nullifying the election.

Governor Nyesom Wike, a lawyer, had vowed to sack the council chairmen and councillors because they were elected illegally, but said he would wait for the case to run its course.

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