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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Re: Breaking news - Omehia out, Amaechi in!!!
Pappilo posted on 10-25-2007, 10:28:28 AM
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Since Omehia was never elected, officially, by the party, his Governorship sit has been given to the rightful flag-bearer of the PDP for Rivers States


@ Afeni

This cannot be correct. In Nigeria we vote for the individual and not the party per say so the governorship sit cannot be said to be rightfully his.
Re: Breaking news - Omehia out, Amaechi in!!!
Mikky jaga posted on 10-25-2007, 10:32:06 AM
The fact is that Amaechi won the election by proxy. Omehia just stood for Amaechi in the last elections. Something like impersonation. The Supreme Court has now restored the governorship to the right candidate.

On the small matter of the Tribunal, all they have to do is replace Omehia with Amaechi and the beat goes on.
Re: Breaking news - Omehia out, Amaechi in!!!
Afeni posted on 10-25-2007, 10:33:55 AM
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@ Afeni

This cannot be correct. In Nigeria we vote for the individual and not the party per say so the governorship sit cannot be said to be rightfully his.


The Nigerian constitution says otherwise. Hence the reason individuals cannot present themselves for elections.

If a candidate wins an elections under the PDP or any other party. If another PDP member can prove in court that he had the right to be fielded as the candidate in that election for the winning Party, he/she gets the won position.
Re: Breaking news - Omehia out, Amaechi in!!!
Afeni posted on 10-25-2007, 10:36:33 AM
Mark my words, the tribunal is going to call for fresh elections in Rivers State. Ahmadu Ali and Obasanjo will "do or die" to make sure they are not humiliated by Ameachi. Even if it means handing over Rivers to the opposition. (Like they did in Imo State where they opted to field no candidate for the Government elections than to allow Ararume to carry the Party's flag).
Re: Breaking news - Omehia out, Amaechi in!!!
Pappilo posted on 10-25-2007, 10:42:10 AM
@Afeni

So that is to say if a member of the house of assembly dies while in office, there will be no need for a by election as his/her party can nominate a replacement because it was the party that was voted for and not the individual

The constitution must be rubbish if this is really the case. In the system we operate different candidates from the same party can have different manifestos and it could be the case that a candidate was elected beacuse of his manifesto (not in reality in nigeria because manifesto doesnt exist). This scenario should only play out in a parliamentry system like the UK where it is a party manifesto that operates
Re: Breaking news - Omehia out, Amaechi in!!!
Omaks posted on 10-25-2007, 10:47:02 AM
Na waya for obodo 9ja o. If dem trowey money for matter and di tin dem no gree, dem go trowey law for di tin. Last resort na im be hired assasin. So Amaechi don use money plus law to uproot Omehia now. Make di mana gentile gentile vacate goferment house now, otherwise na di last option go hapin o!!! Tufiakwa!!! Rubbish.
Re: Breaking news - Omehia out, Amaechi in!!!
Panalyst posted on 10-25-2007, 10:49:10 AM
I think what happened in this case was that Omehia's name was not even on the ballot. it was just the Party's symbol....i'm not too sure but thats what i heard. if this is so, then its a case of who the righful flag bearer of the party is....well its all too confusing....but Too all Riverian People who might know. I have a question? PRESENTLY, WHERE DOES AMAECHI STAND WITH ODILI?
Re: Breaking news - Omehia out, Amaechi in!!!
Afeni posted on 10-25-2007, 10:50:03 AM
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@Afeni

So that is to say if a member of the house of assembly dies while in office, there will be no need for a by election as his/her party can nominate a replacement because it was the party that was voted for and not the individual


I think there will have to be by-elections in that case. Because the nominated candidate of the winning party is dead. Therefore, fresh elections will have to held to fill the sit.
Re: Breaking news - Omehia out, Amaechi in!!!
Ikechiji posted on 10-25-2007, 10:51:34 AM
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The fact is that Amaechi won the election by proxy. Omehia just stood for Amaechi in the last elections. Something like impersonation. The Supreme Court has now restored the governorship to the right candidate.

On the small matter of the Tribunal, all they have to do is replace Omehia with Amaechi and the beat goes on.


The tribunal is not a small matter because Rivers people did not vote for Amaechi, Omehia or even any other candidate. The proceedings also have already started. Since Amaechi was not on the ballot, how can he defend his "election"?

I second Afeni, the tribunal will eventually annul the elections.
Supreme Court Annuls Omehia`s Election
Robot posted on 10-25-2007, 10:52:07 AM
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