Rivers APC Members Rejoice Over Tribunal Judgement

Rivers APCMembers of the Rivers State APC took to singing and dancing at the APC secretariat in Port Harcourt, the rivers state capital on Saturday following the election tribunal judgement that annulled the April 11 governorship election in the state.

Many of the Rivers APC members were seen carrying posters of their governorship candidate at the last elections, Dakuku Peterside, and singing solidarity songs but the PDP in the state has said that the merriment might be short lived.

In a press statement signed by the Media Adviser to the Chairman of the party, Jerry Needam, the party referred to the judgement as a travesty of justice, insisting that the party would exhaust all legal options to upturn what it called a conspiracy against Rivers people.

The Publicity Secretary of the APC in the state, Chris Finebone, however, stated that his party is not bothered by any legal move that the PDP might make.

According to him, the Rivers APC is confident that the tribunal judgement that nullified Governor Wike’s election has made the job easy for both the Appeal Court and Supreme Court.

Rivers Governorship Tribunal: PDP, Wike To Appeal Judgment

RiversThe Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike say that they will appeal the judgment of the Rivers State Governorship tribunal which nullified Wike’s election as Governor.

Addressing journalists after the judgment, counsel to the PDP, Chris Uche (SAN), said that Governor Nyesom Wike remains governor until the appeal processes are exhausted.

He added that the nature of the judgment delivered by the Justice Ambrosa-led tribunal makes appeal vital as the new position adopted by the tribunal must be tested in the interest of justice.

Mr Uche noted that the tribunal’s reliance on card reader accreditation to nullify the governorship election when evidence was led by both the respondents and the petitioners that both card reader and manual accreditation were used for the election requires testing at the court of appeal.

According to the lawyer, it is shocking that less than 24 hours after lawyers on all sides submitted nine written addresses and documents, the tribunal sent notice that judgment would be delivered this morning.

PDP Rejects Rivers Governorship Tribunal Judgement

pdpThe Peoples Democratic Party has declared the verdict of the Rivers State governorship election tribunal sitting in Abuja as bias, bizarre and unacceptable.



The party expressed its position on the judgement in a press statement that was signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh.

He said that the judgement is part of the ruling All Progressives Congress plot to manipulate the will of the people

The Peoples Democratic Party is also picking fault with the 24-hour time frame after the various counsels to the case submitted their written addresses to the tribunal, saying the judgement was delivered in a hurry.

Mr Metuh also called on the international community to note plots by the ruling party to upturn the party’s victory in other states including Taraba, Abia and Delta states.

The Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, on Saturday, nullified the election of Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party as the Governor of Rivers State, on grounds that his election did not comply with electoral guidelines.

Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Suleiman Ambrosa , ordered INEC to conduct fresh elections in the state within 90 days of the ruling.

Deadly Blow To Impunity

However, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described Saturday’s judgement of the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that overturned the election of Governor Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party as a deadly body blow to impunity and hooliganism.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said that the judgement has shown clearly that the era of impunity and hooliganism was over and that the only way for elections to have legitimacy is for them to be free, fair and credible.

The party hailed its governorship candidate in Rivers, Mr Dakuku Peterside, for his doggedness and strong conviction in the pursuit of his petition against the election of Wike that was not only marred by widespread violence and electoral malfeasance, but also acknowledged to be so by local and international observers and now, by the judiciary.

Wike To Appeal

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike say that they will appeal the judgment of the Rivers State Governorship tribunal.

Counsel to the PDP, Chris Uche (SAN), said that Governor Nyesom Wike remains governor until the appeal processes are exhausted.

He added that the nature of the judgment delivered by the Justice Ambrosa-led tribunal makes appeal vital as the new position adopted by the tribunal must be tested in the interest of justice.

Just as the PDP said, the lawyer also found it shocking that less than 24 hours after lawyers on all sides submitted nine written addresses and documents, the tribunal sent notice that judgment would be delivered on Saturday morning.

 

Rivers Tribunal Judgement, Deadly Blow To Impunity – APC

APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has described Saturday’s judgement of the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that overturned the election of Governor Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party as a deadly body blow to impunity and hooliganism.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said that the judgement has shown clearly that the era of impunity and hooliganism was over and that the only way for elections to have legitimacy is for them to be free, fair and credible.

”What has come across from this judgement is that there is no shortcut to free, fair and credible elections. This is part of the wind of change that is blowing across the land and touching all arms of government under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

”Elections are about the expression of the will of the people and they must always be free to express themselves, irrespective of what some desperate politicians may feel,” he said.

The APC said that politicians, especially those seeking or occupying elective office, must realize that they can only derive their legitimacy from the people and that unless they respect the wishes of the people, they would not go far.

The party hailed its governorship candidate in Rivers, Mr Dakuku Peterside, for his doggedness and strong conviction in the pursuit of his petition against the election of Wike that was not only marred by widespread violence and electoral malfeasance, but also acknowledged to be so by local and international observers and now, by the judiciary.

The statement urged all APC members and supporters in the state to remain peaceful, even in the face of provocation.

Rivers Governorship: Wike, PDP Lose Bid To Dismiss Peterside’s Petition

RiversThe Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has refused the application filed by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), challenging the competence of a petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Dakuku Peterside.

In the petition, the APC and its candidate are challenging the victory of Wike of the PDP.

Delivering its ruling, the tribunal, headed by Justice Muazu Pindiga, held that the petition was competent and that it complied with section 18(1) of the Electoral Act.

At the resumed hearing, the tribunal went straight to deliver the ruling it reserved in the previous week, bothering on the competence of the petition filed by the APC.

Lack Of Merit

According to the Tribunal, the petition is competent and had not fallen short of the law in any form.

The tribunal also held that the payment of the Pre-hearing Notice Fee was not compulsory, as claimed by the Governor and his party in their application to warrant a dismissal of an entire suit.

The three-man panel led by Justice ‎Pindiga held that the applicants failed to persuade the tribunal with the issues raised.

It therefore threw out the application for lack of merit.

Done with the ruling, the Tribunal entertained other applications by all parties in the suit.

These include an application seeking an order of the Tribunal that would mandate the Independent National Electoral Commission to move the election materials used for the April 11 governorship election to the headquarters of the commission in Abuja to enable the petitioner inspect them.

Another application was an order seeking to stay execution of the ruling of the Tribunal made on June 11 which permitted the APC and its candidate to inspect the materials used for the election.

Ruling in the applications have been fixed for August 19.