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Amechi Wins In Rivers

Postby weruche » Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:55 pm

Supreme Court sacks Celestine Omehia as Rivers State governor


Nigeria's Supreme Court on Thursday voided the election of Governor Celestine Omehia of oil-rich Rivers State and ordered that his main challenger in the ruling party be sworn in immediately
Celestine Omehia ran for governor at the last minute


Rotimi Amaechi, the former speaker of the state House of Assembly, had asked the country's highest court to annul Omehia's election on the grounds that he was the rightful candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the April 14 governorship poll.


"I declare the appellant (Amaechi) the one entitled to be on the governorship seat of Rivers state," Justice Iyorcha Katsina-Ala said in a unanimous decision of seven judges.


"It is my view that the candidate of PDP at the election was the appellant. His name was unlawfully removed. In the eyes of the law, he remains the candidate and this court must treat him as such," he said.


The court said Amaechi should be sworn in immediately.


Amaechi won the party's primaries but his name was substituted with Omehia's at the last minute ahead of the poll, prompting the former speaker to challenge the action in court. He had earlier lost at the appeal court.
http://naijanet.com/news/source/2007/oct/25/1001.html
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