Following the ruling of the Supreme Court which held that the Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal was properly constituted and has jurisdiction Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has boasted the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not steal the peoples’ mandate given to himm.
The governor, whose election was annulled last Saturday, followed by the sacking of 20 PDP State House of Assembly members on Monday, maintained that the apex court’s decision was part of the gang-up against the people of the state.
The governor, who made this known through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Opunabo Inko-Tariah, alleged that his political enemies were intent on stealing the mandate given to him by the people of the state.
“The judges should be careful; the courts should be careful because the mandate was given to Governor Wike, which his adversaries are trying to steal through the backdoor by going to the court.
“Rivers people will definitely want to protect that mandate and will resist any attempt to steal it from Governor Nyesom Wike. I have watched with disdain the insidious judicial gang-up against Governor Nyesom Wike, CON. It is surprising that in this modern times (sic), the tempest of justice will be allowed to blow fitfully across our courts.
“Rivers people will not resign themselves to fate and allow their mandate freely given to Governor Wike stolen away. I enjoin all the political and judicial coup plotters to give this a penetrating thought. We shall defend our mandate. The voice of the people is the voice of God and the people have spoken; it is Wike or no one.
“I am further dazed that the same Rotimi Amaechi who displayed so much hatred and disgust for the courts and rule of law by closing the high courts in Rivers state for close to two years without a twinge of conscience is today the lovely bride of the courts. This explains the reason for impunity in our country.
“What is going on right now can best be described as judicial gang-up against Governor Wike, nay, the people of Rivers State. It is an affront on democracy and a blight disregard for the will of the people as evinced in the April 11 general elections. The courts are setting pernicious precedents by hinging their verdicts on inane points.”
He further stated that despite the Supreme Court verdict, the APC should not delude itself of occupying the Government House in Port Harcourt.
“But it will be mere illusion and day-dreaming for them (APC) to think that they can take power from Governor Wike through the backdoor. This is because the people of the state are with Governor Nyesom Wike.”