The electoral victories of the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike and the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje could be under threat.
The threat came as a result of the Peoples Progressive Party’ governorship candidate filing a petition with the Election Tribunal claiming that they were not included in ballot papers by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The National Legal Adviser to PPP, Barr. Chibuzor Ezike, protested the exclusion despite the order of the court ordering INEC to include the candidates in the elections.
In a statement signed by the party, PPP recalled that after the nomination of its governorship candidates for the election revealed that their candidates were not allowed to submit names of the nominated candidates.
Following this the party approached the court dragging INEC over its decision before the election.
“The Court delivered final judgement days before the scheduled election and ordered INEC to include our candidates to avoid exclusion”, Ezike, who is also Heads of PPP 2019 Election Petitions Legal Team noted.”
“The judgement was served on INEC before the March 9 election but surprisingly, INEC went ahead in disobedience of the valid judgment and conducted the election in Kano and Rivers, excluding PPP candidates.”
“This act has put the elections in those two states in legal jeopardy with a looming possibility of nullification to pave way for fresh governorship election, a situation that could have been avoided.”
“The petition filing process, which was concluded today at the tribunal and already set for hearing, has petition number EPT/KN/GOV/02/2019 for Kano and EPT/RS/GOV/01/2019 for Rivers.”
“It is the first petition to have been filled challenging Governor Wike’s victory, while the PPP Kano petition is the second challenging Govenor Ganduje’s victory.”