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Rivers State Governor Calls for Arbitration in Political Disputes

Wednesday, November, 23, 2016

Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike has called on political parties to resolve any disputes related to electoral matters that grow out of the 2016 Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Governor Wike’s statement was made during a courtesy call by the executive members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in Port Harcourt.


According to a statement presented by Wike’s Special Assistant on Electronic Media, the governor stated arbitration would reduce bickering, as well as time and resources needed on cases at the election tribunals. He further explained, “As politicians, we have had ongoing discussions on how to introduce Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in settlement of election matters without going to the tribunals. The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators can facilitate this process with the introduction of ADR to election disputes.  It will reduce the squabbling and wrangling; it will reduce cost and time spent at the tribunal, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.  In other words, there will be more time for governance.”


Wike called for politicians to “put our heads together” and find ways to introduce election matters as issues that can readily be resolved through arbitration and other forms of ADR.  He then pointed out that Rivers State is safe and that in the last four months has hosted the Nigerian Guild of Editors, the Nigerian Bar Association, the Rotary International, and the West African Architects Fair.  He encouraged anyone considering travel to the area to check the crime index, which is lower than the rest of the country and other major states.