The Rivers State market women yesterday took to the major streets of the state capital Port Harcourt, in protest of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, Abuja, which nullified the governorship election.
The women who marched from the Creek road market, moved to the Government House and down to the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, state secretariat, where the party leadership addressed them.
Addressing the journalists, the women leader Mrs. Charity Agbonyo, declared they were protesting the nullification of state governorship election, by the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which cancelled the governorship election in the state.
“The April 11, 2015, governorship and House of Assembly elections in our state were free, fair and credible, so we are not happy to hear that the peaceful elections were cancelled, or tampered with by the tribunal.
We also want them to return our governor’s mandate to him, for him to continue the good work he has started. We want peace in Rivers state,” she echoed.
Also speaking, one the leaders of the group, Mrs. Evelyn Nweke noted that Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike was the candidate they voted, and would want the Federal Government and court to respect the collective will of Rivers people.
“Tell the Federal Government and President Muhammadu Buhari, that we do not want political violence, but peace in our already battered state, which governor Wike has come to reactivate.”
Responding to the demonstrators, the state Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Pastor Muwan Etete, commended them for conducting themselves in a peaceful manner, free of breakdown of law and order.
Pastor Muwan disclosed that as a respecter of the rule of law, the state governor had already proceeded on appeal, expressing confidence in the Appeal Court, which he assured will examine the case more carefully and objectively for a popular judgment.
He noted that their message had been received and would be communicated to the governor through the state party chairman, Brother Felix Obuah.
“I want to assure you that the era of impunity is over, and the Nigerian nation and our people cannot be denied their rights anymore. We are aware that our governor clearly won the election, therefore we believe the superior court after due re-examination will correct the mis- carriage of justice,” he assured.
The women carried placards, some which read ‘All we are saying give us Wike,’ ‘Governor Wike is our choice’, ‘Wike is the Good Shepherd’, ‘We Don’t Want Another Election,’ ‘Governor Wike is the master of development’, among others.
It will be recalled that the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal holding in Abuja, last Saturday, in its judgment nullified the governorship election.


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