The River State governorship election petition tribunal has struck out the petition filed by the Labour Party in the state, challenging the emergence of Barrister Nyesom Wike as Governor in the April 11 governorship election.
Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Muazu Pindiga, in his ruling, agreed with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Governor Nyesom Wike that the petition did not follow laid down procedures.
According to him, the petition was not filed within the time frame stipulated by the Electoral Act.
The tribunal, however, deferred ruling in the suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, challenging the legality of the pre-trial hearing being carried out by the tribunal.
The Labour Party and its governorship candidate in the state, Tonye Princewill,had approached the Rivers State governorship election tribunal sitting in Abuja, challenging the victory of Governor Nyesom Wike at the polls.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Nyesom Wike winner of the April 11 governorship election with a total of 1,029,102 votes.
Mr Wike defeated the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Dakuku Peterside, who polled 124,896 votes.