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Tribunal dismisses Awara’s petition challenging Wike’s victory.
The Rivers state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has dismissed petitions challenging the election of Governor Nyesom Wike. The three-man panel on Monday, July 8, said the pre-hearing motions filed by counsel for the candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Engr. Awara Biokpomabo, and his party against Wike and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were incompetent, The Nation reports.
The tribunal explained that the petition was deemed to be technically abandoned because the AAC and its candidate failed to meet key procedural requirements as to applying for pre-hearing information.
The three man panel led by Justice K. A Ojiako declared that petition number EPT/RS/GOV/03/2019 was incompetent and therefore, dismissed it. The tribunal had earlier struck out applications by the AAC governorship candidate seeking that he be separated from all joint applications previously made with the party. It will be recalled that the AAC recently adopted Henry Bello as its legal representative at the tribunal after the former counsel, Tawo Tawo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) withdrew from the matter, with a notice of change of counsel filed the tribunal. This application came in after the AAC brought in another counsel to handle its matter at the tribunal. Justice Ojiako-led panel, after going through arguments in the Awara, AAC suit against Governor Wike ruled that all applications filed by the 1st Petitioner (Tawo Tawo, former AAC counsel) are struck out. Ojiako noted that the application by the petitioner (counsel for Awara; Mustafa Ibrahim) has been found to be an abuse of court process. The panel also struck out the application filed by the petitioner for pre-hearing of the matter.
A statement by the governor’s media aide, Simeon Nwakaudu, said he spoke at the Government House in Port Harcourt during a solidarity and thanksgiving service by the Anglican Bishops of the Province of Niger Delta. ALSO READ PRAY FOR BUHARI 

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