Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Declaration of Hon. Rotimi Amaechi As Governor of Rivers State Is Wrong

The Supreme Court of Nigeria was right in the judgment to nullify the Election of Mr. Celestine Omehia as the governor of Rivers State in Southern Nigeria, but was wrong to install the former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as the new governor of the state.

There is no need to write a thesis on this matter, because even a layman with common sense should be able to know that the Supreme Court of Nigeria has no constitutional or legal right to install someone who never contested the gubernatorial election as the governor of Rivers state.

The installation of Hon. Rotimi Amaechi contradicts the jurisprudence of the Rule of Law and democracy.

If the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) erred in law by the selection of Mr. Celestine Omehia to contest for the post of governor and he actually contested, then the proper judgment would be to nullify his election and not the installation of Hon. Rotimi Amaechi who never contested the gubernatorial election.

The PDP rigged the last April elections in Rivers State and should have been disqualified for fielding Mr. Celestine Omehia.

The governorship candidate of the Action Congress party, Mr. Tonye Princewill has already taken his case to the Election Petition Tribunals and asking for the nullification of the last April gubernatorial election in Rivers state. The nullification of the election of Mr. Celestine Omehia should be enough evidence to nullify the gubernatorial election in accordnace with section 45 of the Electoral Act and sections 15(2), 17(2) (19) and 42 of the 1999 Constitution.

The Nigerian Supreme Court erred by declaring Hon. Rotimi Amaechi the winner.
The right constitutional judgment should be to conduct another gubernatorial election in Rivers state.

The installation of Hon. Rotimi Amaechi as the new governor of Rivers state is unconstitutional and undemocratic.

Who is fooling whom?

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