Wike moves to strip Omehia off his title as ex-governor

The governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, will sign the official de-recognition of a former governor of the state, Celestine Omehia.


Sir Celestine Omehia served as a governor of Rivers state from May 29, 2007, to October 25, 2007. However, his victory as governor of the state was annulled by the Supreme Court after a judgement which declared Chibuike Amaechi as the legitimate candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party governorship primary.


The Punch reports that Wike’s move to sign Omehia’s de-recognition follows the adoption of a resolution by the Rivers State House of Assembly against the entitlements accorded the former governor.


According to a statement signed by Kelvin Ebiri, a media aide to Wike on Thursday, October 6, the governor will sign the instrument on the cancellation of Omehia’s recognition as a former governor of Rivers state.


“His Excellency Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, the Executive Governor of Rivers State, is to sign the instrument on cancellation of the recognition of Sir Celestine Omehia as a former governor of Rivers State.”


“The cancellation of the recognition is sequel to the resolution of the Rivers State House of Assembly adopted on Thursday, 6th October 2022 to de-recognize Sir Celestine Omehia as a former governor of the State. ”


“The signing will take place in Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday, 7th October 2022 by 12 noon.”



Amaechi had earlier won the PDP primaries, but the party had substituted Omehia at the last moment due to allegations of graft. However, in a swift move, in October 2009, Omehia filed a prayer to the Supreme Court seeking a review of the decision on the election matter but the court denied Omehia’s request.



Credit: Legit


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