LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is adamant the Election Petition Tribunal will invalidate the election of Governor Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The party was reacting to the statement credited to PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, who was quoted as commenting on the failure of PDP and Independent National Electoral Commission counsels to appear before the Election Petition Tribunal last Friday.
Metuh was quoted as saying, “Even if our lawyers and witnesses didn’t appear at the Rivers Tribunal today and the remaining days, it doesn’t stop us PDP from winning at the judgment. But should we fail at judgment,we shall win even above 1,5 million votes in Rivers State re-run Governorship and other elections.”
Rivers APC Chairman, Dr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, however dismissed Metuh’s position as “mere day-dreaming.”
“While we do not wish to comment on the likely outcome of the current sitting of the Rivers Guber Election Tribunal since the case is subjudice, we find Chief Metuh’s position laughable because the evidence before the tribunal indicates that Chief Wike is spending his final days in office as Rivers State Governor,” Wike said.
He said the APC was convinced its candidate, Dr Dakuku Peterside, would win the expected re-run governorship polls with a landslide.
“He has the full support of the good people of Rivers State,” Ikanya said.
APC is disputing the election of Wike, citing vote rigging and violence