Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has described the Appeal Court ruling upholding the annulment of his victory by the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, as a temporary setback, stressing that God’s will and the mandate of the people will prevail.
The Appeal Court Wednesday ruled that the election of Mr. Wike as governor of Rivers State did not conform to the Electoral Act and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct re-run within 90 days from date of judgment.
Addressing a mammoth crowd of supporters, who came to welcome him from Abuja at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, Gov. Wike urged them to remain peaceful as the state remains firmly in the hands of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, despite the ruling.
He reiterated his decision to file an appeal at the Supreme Court, stressing that his party would abide by whatever decision reached by the apex court.
Wike, who declared the party’s readiness for the National Assembly elections re-run as ordered by the Appeal Court, vowed that the people of the state would resist any attempt to use federal might to manipulate the poll.
He said: “I want to warn, let nobody attempt to do what happened in Bayelsa State here. Since they said they have annulled the elections, let them come and conduct fresh elections. Let nobody think that they can use soldiers and policemen to intimidate us. We will resist any such attempt. We have maintained our cool for a long time. Our calmness should not be mistaken as a sign of weakness”.
He also called on all PDP members in the state to commence unit to unit and ward to ward sensitization campaigns ahead of the National Assembly elections re-run, promising that those sacked from office as a result of the appellate court’s ruling, would be returned.
“We shall return all our National Assembly members as a way to disgrace those who think they will snatch the mandate of the people”, Wike said.
He also reiterated his administration’s commitment to delivering good governance and projects to the people.