There is palpable tension in Rivers State, as the people await the decision of the Supreme Court on the consolidation of the appeals challenging the position of Rotimi Amaechi as Governor of the state.
In one of the appeals, Governor Amaechi is challenging the decision of the Court of Appeal to join former Governor of the State, Celestine Omehia in the matter, while the second appeal was filed by Chief Cyprain Chukwu.
Chukwu had initiated the substantive case to determine when the tenure of Governor Amaechi commenced, following a time-table published by INEC in 2010 for governorship election in Rivers State in August, 2011.
He contended that since the Supreme Court had in 2007 ruled that it was the Peoples Democratic Party that won the April governorship election in Rivers State that year, Amaechi’s tenure should start counting on May 29 of the same year and not October 26 when he was sworn in after taking over from former governor, Celestine Omehia.
After Omehia was joined in the case, he urged the apex court to urgently intervene in the matter, which has been pending for four years, and to conclude the mater forthwith.
Omehia also contested the 2011 general elections under the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, alongside former minister of transport, Abiye Sekibo who ran under the platform of the defunct ACN.
Amaechi’s opposition both at the state and federal levels hope to take advantage of today’s judgement.