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Wike remains governor of Rivers State – PDP assures

Rivers state PDP Chairman, Felix Obuah
Rivers state PDP Chairman, Felix Obuah

Following the nullification of the victory of Nyesom Wike in the April 11 Governorship Election in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state has moved to reassure residents and  indigenes that the governor remains in charge as chief executive.

It would be recalled that the Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, had Saturday nullified the victory of Governor Nyesom Wike of the PDP, and also ordered fresh elections in the state within 90 days of the ruling.

However, reacting, weekend, to what it called ‘a travesty of justice and rape on democracy,’ the State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam, insisted that ‘no matter the degree of conspiracy by the All Progressives Congress, APC-led federal government, the falsehood and gang-up against Rivers people will amount to a nullity in the end.’

Obuah while urging the Rivers people ‘not to panic over the pre-empted judgment which had been decided long before the written addresses by the parties were adopted Thursday, October 22, 2015’ cited section 143, subsection 1 of the Electoral Act 2010 which, according to him, ‘guarantees an elected governor to stay in office and continue to execute his duties as the State Chief Executive as long as a notice of appeal is given against the judgment within 21 day from the date of the judgment notwithstanding the decision of the election tribunal.’

“This is one tribunal judgment that will never stand. The PDP will get to any legal height possible to fight the injustice.

“There is no other reason why the tribunal hurriedly delivered the contraption it called judgment in less than 24 hours after adopting the written addresses on a matter that lasted over four months than to pre-empt the judgment of the Supreme Court against the tribunal by the PDP which comes up next week Tuesday.

“The good thing is that by the hurried judgment, the tribunal chairman has exposed his partiality and shot himself in the leg by defying all legal procedures and going ahead to deliver judgment on the APC petition when there is an impending matter hinging on the appeal at the Supreme Court just as he refused to vacate his seat as chairman of the election petitions tribunal for the State Governorship Election Petitions despite PDP’s resentment on questions of integrity and impartiality.

“Notwithstanding all this, in the end we shall have the last laugh”, Bro Obuah declared.

“Men have today Saturday, October 24, 2015 after being compromised serve their immoral judgment, God would soon give justice in the governorship election in Rivers State,” Obuah stressed.

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