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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I Hail this decision by the court. Its shows the independency of our judiciary system. Warning messages to DO-OR-DIE election riggers
The tribunal will only annul the election if the opposition can prove it's case. In any case this is bad news for Odili as he practically drove a knife in Amaechi's back to save his own skin, he will have no little or no influence in Brick house anymore.
Oh yea, this is foretaste the rude awakening that awaits the Anambra impostor at the Supreme Court whenever his yeye case comes up. The morals in the Supreme Court ruling is that filthy money has its limits with the present Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court refused to be swelled by Obasanjo's influence to rule in favour of Atiku, I don't see how it could be influenced by this criminal's dirty loot to reverse itself on Anambra. Good judgment and an indictment on Ribadu's point-and-kill war for Obasanjo and PDP during the scam of the April selection.
Ojugudu! Hey! Hey!!
This is a great day, but I doubt if we have so much to laugh over.
It is a criminal game I can tell you as these are the result of Obj's brand of democracy and Ribadu's brand of indictments. Well everything is getting clearer by the day in so far we allow the rule of law to be our guide. Thank god we are now in the era where Supreme Court judgments are not deliberately misinterpreted.
However, this is not to say Amaechi or his ilk is worth supporting in any material sense because there was nothing any sane person could call an election in Rivers state in this instance, we all just saw results. So Amaehi's problem is even more compounded now. I said this because, initially the opposition parties were only trying to prove that there were so much irregularities in the guber elections, but now they have a better case in their hands of proving that they never contested the useless elections with Amechi in the first place. It is a fact Amaehi has to deal with.
I only hope Amaechi will not be staying in government house because his days as governor is numbered, so staying in his house will make him less used to government house because he would soon become an ex governor like Omehia.
It is a criminal game I must confess
Amaechi will have to defend his mandate at the tribunals. The only snag is that he will have to contend with the PDP that will do all in its power to ensure they reveal all the facts that will leave the tribunal with no choice than to order for a fresh election.
The PDP will then be free to choose a new candidate and hope to rig him in like in former times. The only problem they will encounter is that Amaechi who has already been sworn in will then be in the saddle during the new election. And since Amaechi is a master in the art and science of election rigging, question go come jam answer.
It is during the fresh elections that we will see the real power play. Cultists go jam cultists and God go save us all.
I for one am not yet rejoicing. The supreme court, by ruling that Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who won the primaries for the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) in December, was the lawfully elected governor of Rivers, simply validated an election that was nothing but a sham.
I would have felt better if the court ordered new elections.
Let's wait and see.
my sentiments exactly, where are our learnered bros and sis, please educate us, cos this doesn't seem to make any sense to me