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I have confidence in judiciary — Governor Wike

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (Centre) addressing Rivers people during the  State Stakeholders meeting, Deputy Gov., Dr. Ipalibo Banigo (Second left), PDP National Chairman Prince Unche Secondus (Second right), Senator George T. Sekibo (extreme right) and Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani (extreme left) at banquet hall Government House PH.
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (Centre) addressing Rivers people during the State Stakeholders meeting, Deputy Gov., Dr. Ipalibo Banigo (Second left), PDP National Chairman Prince Unche Secondus (Second right), Senator George T. Sekibo (extreme right) and Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani (extreme left) at banquet hall Government House PH.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has declared that  he had ‘absolute confidence and respect’ for  the  Judiciary  to do justice  in the state governorship  legal tussle,  pointing out  that based on the April 11 election,  his mandate would be upheld  in the course of the Appeal process .

Also, Rivers State Stakeholders, comprising elected senators, House of Representatives members, traditional rulers, Elder statesmen and state legislators, Thursday, declared support for Governor Wike.

Speaking  at the  Stakeholders’  meeting  at the Government House,  Port Harcourt,  Governor  Nyesom Wike advised the people of the state never to criticise  judges despite the judicial  setback,  pointing  out  that  the  appeal process will correct the judicial  opinion of  the state tribunal.

Wike dissociated himself from a statement  by one of his aides describing the  tribunal  judgement  as ‘judicial  terrorism and  gang-up,’ saying that the aide had no mandate to issue such a statement, noting further that as a lawyer he respects the judiciary and knows the appellate  process to seek redress.

A cross section of Rivers State Stakeholders at banquet hall, Government House, Port Harcourt.
A cross section of Rivers State Stakeholders at banquet hall, Government House, Port Harcourt.

“Be assured by the Grace of God our lawyers are working hard to file the appeal within stipulated time. I have told people that it is not in our character to cast aspersions on judges. I have also told people not to speak on my behalf to castigate judges. The tribunal is not the final appellate court on this matter. There is no need of castigating the judiciary.

“We are not one of those when judgement favours you, you says you have confidence in the judiciary. When it does not favour you, you lose confidence in the judiciary.

“I want to say in the past two days, you must have read where they quoted me as saying judicial terrorism or judicial gang-up, I never said so. And I never authorised anybody to say so on this matter”.

A cross section of Rivers State Stakeholders at banquet hall, Government House, Port Harcourt.
A cross section of Rivers State Stakeholders at banquet hall, Government House, Port Harcourt.

The  governor  noted that his team of lawyers  are working  round the  clock to complete  the  process  of  filing an appeal against  the  judgement.

He assured the people that he is not distracted by the judgement.  The governor  said  he is emboldened  by the support of key stakeholders and  the  ordinary people  to continue  to  discharge  his responsibility  to the people.

Governor  Wike  told the stakeholders the Appeal Court  judgement  of  Thursday  striking  out the paragraphs  of the APC petition that alleged violence  and crime against  named and un-named security agents and political thugs has strengthened  his case that will shortly  go on appeal.

In his remarks, Acting National Chairman,  Prince Uche Secondus stated that  the  people  are behind  Governor  Wike against  the struggle  by external  forces to invade the  state.

Also speaking,  Senator  George  Sekibo said that Governor Wike was duly elected  and his election  will be updated  in the course  of  the  course of  the  appeal.

Former Minister of Transport,  Dr Abiye  Sekibo, Former UBA Chairman,  Chief Ferdinand Alabrabra  and  Former NBA  President,  Chief OCJ  Okocha,  on behalf of  different sections of the state declared  the  overwhelming  support  of the people for the governor.

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