Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has reacted to Wednesday’s Appeal Court judgment that upheld the nullification of his election by the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal.
In a unanimous judgment read by Justice M.B Dongban-Mensem, the three-man panel said the election of Gov. Wike did not conform to the Electoral Act and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct a re-run within 90 days.
In a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, the governor said he has already instructed his lawyers to appeal the judgment.
“Governor Wike stated that he disagrees with the judgment, hence his decision to exhaust his constitutional right by challenging the Appeal Court judgment at the Supreme Court”, his media aide said.
The governor also enjoined all his supporters and the peace-loving people of Rivers State to remain calm as Justice will be done at the end of day.
Governor Wike noted that his decision to approach the Supreme Court for further adjudication was based on his resolve to use all constitutional processes to protect the mandate Rivers people freely bestowed on him.
He, however, stressed that pending the determination of his appeal by the apex court, he remains the duly elected governor of the state.
“Governor Wike assured the people of Rivers State that all ongoing development projects will continue while his administration will continue to promote the security of lives and property across the state”, the statement concluded.