Supreme Court Annuls Omehia's Election

ABUJA, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Nigeria's Supreme Court on Thursday nullified the election in the oil-producing Niger Delta state of Rivers, the third major indictment of April's vote this month.

The elections were meant to be a democratic milestone for Africa's most populous country, but they were so marred by fraud and violence that international observers said they were "not credible".

The Supreme Court ruled Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who won the primaries for the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) in December, was the lawfully elected governor of Rivers, not Celestine Omehia.

Omehia did not win the primary but his name replaced Amaechi's on the ballot as the PDP candidate in the April 14 vote.

The ruling has the potential of sparking a fresh wave of trouble in Africa's oil heartland, where politicians are backed by rival armed groups.

Omehia's removal came days after another court nullified of the election of Saidu Usman Dakingari, a son-in-law of President Umaru Yar'Adua, on Saturday as the governor of the northwestern state of Kebbi.

Dakingari, who defected from an opposition party shortly before the elections, was not a member of PDP when the party nominated him for the polls, the court said. Dakingari has said he will appeal against the ruling.

Another court in the central state of Kogi on Oct. 10 nullified the election of Ibrahim Idris as governor because the electoral body had removed the name of a key opposition party candidate from the ballot. Idris also said he will appeal.




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Iwu Shamed Again!
Auspicious posted on 10-25-2007, 07:56:43 AM
Noooooo Kidding!

How dare they annull that election?

What? The elections we Iwuruwurously conducted?

Ooooooooh No!

These elections were the freest and thefairest ever!@!

I mean...Mr Maurice Iwu almost punched thatGerman for questioning the integrity of these elections..

And for a good reason too! I mean..I mean..gosh..I am so disappointed in the Supreme Court!

This is a travesty of Justice - a Harvest of Justice!

Hip, Hip, Hip? Huraaaaaay!

Auspicious.
Re: Breaking news - Omehia out, Amaechi in!!!
Skanbroy posted on 10-25-2007, 07:58:04 AM
Please can a lawyer help make some sense out of this supreme court verdict. Why should Amaechi be sworn in when he was not on the ballot at the last election?
Re: Breaking news - Omehia out, Amaechi in!!!
Lionking posted on 10-25-2007, 08:03:05 AM
Channels TV has just reported that the Supreme Court says the reasons for the judgement will be given on November 18th.

It was a unanimous judgement. lead judgement given by Justice Aloysius Iyorgyer Katsina-Alu
Re: Breaking news - Omehia out, Amaechi in!!!
Pappilo posted on 10-25-2007, 08:08:13 AM
It is only in Nigeria (Africa) you can win an election without contesting.

Is this not the same amaechi that was involved in a corruption case the EFCC was investigating?
Re: Breaking news - Omehia out, Amaechi in!!!
Denker posted on 10-25-2007, 08:09:41 AM
QUOTE:
I Am Loving Our Supreme Court! The Law Of The Land Reigns Supreme!!!

However, I am surprised that Amaechi was ordered to be sworn in. He technically was not on the ballot. I thought they would order new elections! It would be interesting to see what happens at the elections tribunal. Who is the defendant? Omehia, Amaechi or PDP?


ikechiji, nwanne, we don finish bi dat, no more chop...o!lord
Supreme Court Kicks Out Omehia! Amaechi is new Governor!

October 25th, 2007 · No Comments

Supreme Court,Nigeria’s apex court has declared ruled that Governor Celestine Omehia was not rightfully elected as Governor of Rivers States and must vacate office immediately. The court ordered that Rotimi Amaechi be sworn in as the new governor of the state.
This is breaking news. Details shortly.
Re: Breaking news - Omehia out, Amaechi in!!!
Airblaze posted on 10-25-2007, 08:19:40 AM
hey so interstin ! so much looting will be goin on as we speak now....chei ! all those pple wey tink say nah there time to chop belle full don jam hard rock ooo........kudos to the supreme court and kudos to Amaechi's persistence...

long live the Supreme Court
long live Nigeria
Long live Africa
Re: Breaking news - Omehia out, Amaechi in!!!
Felix posted on 10-25-2007, 08:26:57 AM
Hmmmmm, but is Amaechi any inch better??? Afterall he was part and parcel of Odilis political machine.
Re: Breaking news - Omehia out, Amaechi in!!!
UncleTisha posted on 10-25-2007, 08:37:43 AM
The only worrying thing I can think of about the judgement (so far) is that Villager Denker will be short of thread starters....
Re: Breaking news - Omehia out, Amaechi in!!!
Meticulous posted on 10-25-2007, 08:39:08 AM
Nigerian court removes governor of oil state
Thu 25 Oct 2007, 12:01 GMT
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ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's Supreme Court on Thursday nullified the election in the oil-producing Niger Delta state of Rivers, the third major indictment of April's vote this month.

The elections were meant to be a democratic milestone for Africa's most populous country, but they were so marred by fraud and violence that international observers said they were "not credible".

The Supreme Court ruled Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who won the primaries for the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) in December, was the lawfully elected governor of Rivers, not Celestine Omehia.

Omehia did not win the primary but his name replaced Amaechi's on the ballot as the PDP candidate in the April 14 vote.

The ruling has the potential of sparking a fresh wave of trouble in Africa's oil heartland, where politicians are backed by rival armed groups.

Omehia's removal came days after another court nullified the election of Saidu Usman Dakingari, a son-in-law of President Umaru Yar'Adua, on Saturday as the governor of the northwestern state of Kebbi.

Dakingari, who defected from an opposition party shortly before the elections, was not a member of PDP when the party nominated him for the polls, the court said. Dakingari has said he will appeal against the ruling.

Another court in the central state of Kogi on Oct. 10 nullified the election of Ibrahim Idris as governor because the electoral body had removed the name of a key opposition party candidate from the ballot. Idris also said he will appeal.

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Re: Breaking news - Omehia out, Amaechi in!!!
Meticulous posted on 10-25-2007, 08:40:45 AM
Awesome news!!!!!!!!

Nigeria is moving forward!

A great day for Nigeria!
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