By Dare Lawal
On Friday in Abuja, the Supreme Court set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal, which allowed former governor of Rivers State, Chief Celestine Omehia, to join as a party in the suit challenging the election of Governor Rotimi Amaechi.
Justice Muntaka Coomasie who read the lead judgement that lasted for about 45 minutes, agreed with the submission of Amaechi’s counsel, Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), that the Court of Appeal was in error to have joined Omehia as a party at the appellate court, when he never sought to be joined in the matter at the Federal High Court.
The court ruled that Omehia failed to show to the court the special interest he had in the case for seeking to be joined as a party in the matter.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress in Rivers has expressed its joy at Amaechi’s victory.
In a statement signed by the SSA to the chairman, Chukwuemeka Eze, the party thanked the supreme court for “once again being the last hope of the common man.”
It berated Celestine Omehia for his “relentless war and gamble” against Gov. Amaechi, declaring that “With today’s Supreme Court loss, it can safely be said that Omehia and his new master Chief Wike are politically finished as far as Rivers State is concerned. This should serve as a warning to all those who insist on the way of the moving train known as Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.”