armyThere was heavy presence of security operatives in Port Harcourt following the judgement that nullified the election of Governor Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike yesterday.
Perhaps anticipating likely public dissension against the judgement, both the police and army authorities beefed up security in major streets in Port Harcourt and environs as heavily armed security operatives were seen parading the streets.
Nigerian Pilot Sunday also observed that armoured tankers and soldiers from the Nigerian Army, Bori Camp, Port Harcourt, and others security operatives, including anti-riot policemen were deployed to strategic locations in the state capital, especially in the Old GRA, and Port Harcourt Township, early Friday afternoon, in preparation for yesterday’s judgement.
Also, it was observed that immediately after the tribunal’s judgement filtered into Port Harcourt, supporters of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the state, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, took to the street celebrating the development.
When our correspondent visited the party secretariat, located along Forces Avenue, Old GRA area of Port Harcourt, hundreds of party loyalists were jubilant and taking selfies.
Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Laws, IHRHL, Anyakwe Nsirimovu, has stated that the nullification of the April 11, 2005 governorship election has vindicated the findings of election observers who were deployed to monitors the elections in the state.
Nsirimovu said, “Nullification by the Rivers State Election Tribunal today is a vindication of the findings of election observers deployed to observe elections across Rivers state on April 11, 2015 vindicated. It was an excellent decision for Rivers voters and indeed deepening the spirit of democracy in the Niger Delta region specifically.”

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