Rivers state governor, Siminalayi Fubara of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has defeated the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Tinye Cole at the appeal court.
The appellate Court sitting in Lagos State on Tuesday dismissed the petition filed by the APC governorship candidate against Fubara and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The APC candidate, who was present in the courtroom on Tuesday, wanted the court to direct INEC to declare him the winner of the March governorship election in Rivers.
The Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had in October dismissed the petition of Cole challenging the election of Fubara as the governor of the state.
The tribunal had dismissed the petition saying that the APC that sponsored Cole had withdrawn the petition against Fubara’s victory.
Not satisfied with the Tribunal’s victory, the APC candidate approached the appellate court. However, the court on Tuesday affirmed the Tribunal ruling which earlier upheld Fubara’s electoral victory in October.
In the same vein, petitions challenging the victory of the Rivers State governor, raised by the candidates of Labour Party (LP), Accord Party and the Allied People’s Movement (APM) at the appellate court, were also thrown away on Tuesday.