Supreme Court’s Rejection of Tonye Cole’s Guber Poll Appeal Elicits Responses from Rivers Residents

Supreme Court Victory: Rivers State Residents Celebrate Governor Fubara’s Upheld Election

Residents of Rivers State expressed overwhelming joy following the favorable outcome of the Supreme Court ruling on Thursday, which affirmed Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s election victory.

The ruling dismissed the appeal of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Tonye Cole, who contested the March 18 governorship election results.

Dismissal of APC’s Appeal: Lack of Merit and Competence

The Supreme Court declared the appeal lacking in merit and deemed it incompetent, citing the appellant’s failure to substantiate allegations of non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

Cole’s primary contention was Governor Fubara’s alleged failure to resign as the accountant general of Rivers State before the election.

The court also considered claims of irregularities, non-compliance with electoral laws, and corrupt practices raised by the APC candidate.

However, it held that the appellant provided insufficient evidence to support these allegations.

Challenges to Previous Judgments: Apex Court Upholds Fubara’s Victory

Tonye Cole sought to reverse the judgments of the Court of Appeal and the Tribunal, both of which affirmed Fubara’s victory in the Rivers Governorship Election.

Despite these efforts, the Supreme Court maintained that the appellant failed to provide adequate evidence, especially regarding non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

Jubilant Scenes Across Rivers State

In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling, supporters of Governor Fubara organized celebratory events across Rivers State.

According to reports from Channels Television, parties were held in various locations, including the main car park of the Government House.

Fubara’s supporters gathered, danced, and rejoiced, with the Rivers State Council for Arts and Culture preparing for cultural performances later in the day.

Additionally, jubilant scenes were observed around the State Secretariat complex in Port Harcourt, where workers left their duty posts to join in the celebration of Fubara’s victory.

Overwhelming Celebrations: Workers Join in the Festivities

The car park of Block ‘C’ in the secretariat complex witnessed an overflow of workers, all actively participating in the jubilant celebration.

Video clips circulating from the scene captured the exuberant atmosphere as workers danced and celebrated Governor Fubara’s upheld election victory.

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