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wikeRIVERS State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo
Wike has warned that any Independent
National Electoral Commission, INEC officer
who plots to rig the forthcoming governorship
poll in the state does so at his/her own risk.
He maintained that his his warning is hinged
on his commitment to the rule of law and the
development of the state.
Wike’s statement is coming even as the All
Progressives Congress, APC in the state has
advised the governor to prepare for the fresh
election and stop dissipating his energy on
none-issues.
According to the statement from the office of
the governor, all well-meaning Nigerians had
commended the governor for rising in defence
of the resources and mandate of the people of
Rivers State.
The statement also noted that those
uncomfortable with the position of the
governor to stop electoral fraudsters were
mainly politicians neck-deep in electoral fraud
and mischief.
“It is a statement based on the reality that, the
people of Rivers State at all times, will protect
their votes and mandate, irrespective of any
attempt to use security forces to manipulate
the process.
“It is a statement hinged on the fact that
Rivers is a PDP state and nobody, no matter
how mischievously cunning, would be
allowed to use security forces to compromise
the electoral process.
“Those who are edgy about his statement
of fact should hide their heads in shame for
plotting to connive with criminal elements
to subvert the collective will and mandate of
Rivers people.
“It is important to reiterate that Rivers State
is PDP and the party enjoys unprecedented
following as a result of Governor Wike’s
superlative performance.
“Nobody should test the resolve of the people
to protect their mandate. In Rivers state, rigging
is not an option, because the people have made
their choice to always support the PDP and
Governor Wike,” the statement stressed.
Similarly, Governor, Wike has called on
Christians and people of the state not to fear the
manipulations of those, who have ganged up
against the state as he will emerge victorious
at the end of what he called ‘the trial period’.
Addressing thousands of Christian faithful at the First Rivers State Christmas Carol in Port
Harcourt on Saturday, Governor Wike stated
that since he started politics, he had never had
any victory cheaply, noting that the current
challenge would not be different.
According to Governor Wike, “I was the only
council chairman in the country, whose political
litigation got to the Supreme Court, during the
1999 electioneering process. I got my victory at the
Supreme Court in April 2000.”
…Prepare for fresh election now, Rivers APC
tells Wike
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress, APC
in the state has called on the governor to desist
from buying time by approaching the Supreme
Court for his mandate as governor but rather face
the task of preparation for a fresh election in the
state.
The party was responding to governor Wike’s
disclosure that he had instructed his lawyers
to proceed to the apex court to seek a reversal
of last Wednesday’s judgment of the Court of
Appeal sitting in Abuja upholding the October
24, 2015 judgment of the Rivers State Election
Petition Tribunal headed by Justice Suleiman
Ambrosa, which nullified the declaration of Wike
as governor and ordered the Independent
National Electoral Commission, INEC, to
conduct a fresh election in the state within 90 days.
In a statement signed by the party Chairman,
Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, and issued in Port
Harcourt yesterday, the party said: “Chief Wike
knows deep down in him that he did not win any
election on April 11, 2015. He is only seeking to
buy time by hopping from one court to the other
in a doomed bid to avoid the inevitable, which
is that his days as Care-taker Governor of Rivers
State are drawing to an end.
“ As a lawyer, we expect Wike to know that the
Supreme Court cannot save him because he has
no case…..he should concentrate his energies on
preparing for the fresh election ordered by the
tribunal….”
The party reminded Wike that the Supreme
Court had earlier ruled on appeal that he brought
before it on the Rivers State election that indeed,
“there was widespread violence during the
election.”
APC argued that a rerun election that will
enable the Rivers people to reclaim their state from
the present administration. The party challenged
Wike to come out and test his popularity by
allowing the Rivers people to determine who
governs them in a free and fair election void of
intimidation and killings


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