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Omehia Not A Former Governor, Court Rules

Justice Kip of the High Court of the Rivers division on Tuesday ruled that Celestine Omehia is not a former governor of the state and thus not entitled to pension in that stead.

He also ruled that the defendants cannot demand a refund of N694m as pension and fringe benefits and that the court cannot depart from the Supreme Court judgment in the case of Rotimi Amaechi vs INEC and two others.

After the tenure of Peter Odili expired, Celestine Omehia was elected and sworn in as governor of Rivers State on May 29, 2007.

Rotimi Amaechi headed to court to challenge the primaries that brought in Omehia.

After a legal battle, the court ruled that Amaechi was the validly elected candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

During the tenure of Nyesom Wike as governor of the House of Assembly, he enacted a law recognizing Omehia as governor.

In 2023, however, the governor withdrew the recognition accorded to Omehia and demanded that he refund all pensions earned.

Omehia approached the court, demanding that he be recognized as a former governor of the state.

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