Despite the ruling of the state election petitions tribunal that annuls his election, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, says he has no doubt that he will complete his four-year term in office
EMBATTLED Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State does not see the recent ruling of the state election petitions tribunal as a serious setback because he believes he will complete his four-year term as governor.
Wike, brimming with confidence, expressed optimism that he would eventually emerge victorious and continue in his position as chief executive of his state.
The governor, who was speaking to a large audience who gathered for a thanksgiving service at the Obi Wali International Conference Centre in Port Harcourt on Sunday, October 25, said the thanksgiving service was important and very significant because he would not have become a governor if his enemies’ plans had worked.
Nevertheless, he called on his supporters not to distracted by the tribunal annulment of his election but to remain calm and that justice would emerge eventually.
Wike’s public remark at the event was the third since the annulment of his election on Saturday, October 24, having earlier addressed the people through a state-wide broadcast on Sunday, October 25.
He expressed surprise that the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state was celebrating over the annulment of his election after condemning the ruling of the tribunal against its senatorial candidates.
“In spite of the judgement, we still have hope in the judiciary. I want to beg you, don’t be provoked; I know what happened at the weekend is provoking. But, I know what their plans are; that was why I am begging you to be calm,” Wike said.
Earlier, Felix Obuah, state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, appealed to party supporters not to be afraid, but be strong and bold despite the outcome of the verdict of the state elections petitions tribunal.
Obuah described the ruling as a pre-determined and urged the PDP supporters to put their trust in God, saying that the verdict of the tribunal was the beginning of their (PDP supporters’) glory.
“Wike is the man and Rivers State is a PDP state. We are still in charge. Chief Wike is still the governor of Rivers State and he will continue to be the governor till four years. Don’t be afraid; just be strong, believe in God. We will at the end get judgment that will favour us,” he said.
Earlier in a state-wide broadcast, Wike had condemned the judgement of the state election petitions tribunal, based on the non-usage of the card reader.
He said: “Apart from the reported malfunctioning of the card readers supplied by the Independent National Electoral Commission, which placed no advantage on any of the contestants, the election took place throughout the state and was adjudged both by local and international observers to be largely peaceful, transparent, free, fair and credible.
“It is common knowledge that INEC’s card readers malfunctioned throughout the country in the 2015 general elections. It is also common knowledge that wherever the card reader malfunctioned, manual accreditation, which is the only process, recognised by the current Electoral Act, was used to accredit voters all over the country.”
— Oct 26, 2015 @ 12:48 GMT