Sacked Senator Amori Urges Supporters To Remain Calm, Says Appeal Court Ruling “Temporary Setback”
The erstwhile senator representing Delta Central district on the platform of Peoples Democratic in the Senate, Chief Ighoyota Amori, yesterday, sued for calm among his supporters following the Appeal Court ruling that nullified his election.
Amori, who came to national reckoning after hosting a spectacular all-white birthday party for himself in the United States on a luxury cruise boat earlier this year, in a statement said that all hope was not lost.
The Appeal Court in Benin City, Edo State, last Saturday sacked Amori as senator representing Delta Central and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to issue certificate of return instead to the Labour Party candidate, Mr. Ovie Omo-Agege.
The statement reads: “On March 28 and Saturday April 25, 2015, the people of Delta Central senatorial district gave me their mandate to represent them in the Senate.
“Despite the antics and desperation of the opposition parties in the twice conducted senatorial election, the people of Delta Central with determination gave their votes to me, the PDP candidate in the election, because of their confidence in me to offer them the needed representation in the Senate for the advancement of the Urhobo nation.
“My victory in the twice conducted senatorial election was affirmed by the Election Petition Tribunal which sat in Asaba, the capital city of Delta State, in two separate judgments against the opposition parties, the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Labour Party, LP, in the tribunal.
“The Appeal Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State, on December 14, 2015 further affirmed my victory by dismissing in its entirety the appeal brought against me by the APC candidate in the senatorial election.
“Regrettably, however, same Appeal Court five days after, reversed itself when it ruled in favour of the LP candidate in the election by upholding all the prayers in his petition.
“I deeply appreciate the countless visits, phone calls and text messages from far and near in show of solidarity and condemnation of the Appeal Court ruling that has further put a taint in the nation’s judiciary.
“As a law abiding citizen, I wish to sincerely appeal for calm particularly from Nigerians, Deltans and particularly my Urhobo brothers and sisters over the outcome of the Appeal Court judgment. All hopes are not lost at all. Continue to have faith in me and together we shall overcome this temporary setback”.