The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has expressed its displeasure with Wednesday’s Court of Appeal ruling affirming the judgment of the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal annulling the election of Governor Nyesom Wike.
This was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday by Mr Jerry Needam, the media aide to the State Chairman of the party, Mr Felix Obuah.
While urging the people of the state to remain calm and law abiding, the party accused the Federal Government of conniving with the opposition All Progressives Congress to unduly influence the judgment of the court with the acquiescence of some judges of the court.
The statement read in part: “The Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has urged the good people of the State to remain calm and law abiding in the face of obvious gang-up by the All Progressives Congress, APC led Federal Government against duly elected Governor of the State, Barr. Nyesom Wike and other elected lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, using some Justices of the Court of Appeal as willing tools to invalidate their elections.”
Charging members of the party to remain calm, the statement added: “The State Chairman of the PDP, Bro Felix Obuah enjoins members of the Party and Rivers People to remain law abiding assuring that “Governor Nyesom wike remains the Governor of Rivers State and the PDP would challenge the decision of the Appeal Court in Supreme Court.”
“We still hold the Judiciary in high esteemed and strongly believe that not all judicial officers can be compromised, therefore, the PDP is heading to the Supreme Court to challenge the judgement of the Appeal Court today.
“We further assure our members and indeed, the good people of Rivers State, that Barr. Nyesom Wike remains the Governor of Rivers State as the PDP would take advantage of the provisions of the law to challenge the decision of the Appeal Court, in the Supreme Court.”
Meanwhile, Governor Wike has vowed to approach the Supreme Court with a prayer to overturn the judgment of the Appeal Court.