The Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has ruled that the State's recent local government elections are invalid.
The elections were held on May 23rd, one week before former
Rotimi Amaechi’s term as governor ended.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) boycotted the election on account
of a court injunction ordering that the status quo be maintained.
In a judgment handed down by Justice Lambo Akanbi, the elected
officials were effectively sacked. The Court found the election illegal
since it was held in disobedience of the injunction.
Former Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s party, the All Progressives Congress
(APC), won 22 of the 23 chairmanship seats in the elections. The party
also won 297 council seats in the 302 local government wards, while
other political parties won the rest. The PDP then filed a lawsuit with
the High Court to declare the conduct of the elections illegal and
Justice Akanbi stated that conducting the elections in the face of
the court order was a demonstration of executive lawlessness and
In response to the ruling APC loyalists caused a commotion on the Federal High Court's premises on Thursday morning.
The police in the area foiled an attempt by some arsonists to raze
the Court. Police spokesperson Muhammed Ahmad said that an investigation
into the incident had commenced.