The national leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the judgments of the Supreme Court affirming the elections of Nyesom Wike and Dave Umahi as governors of Rivers and Ebonyi States respectively, has rekindled hope in the nation’s democracy.
The PDP noted that the verdicts were a pointer to the strategic importance of an impartial judiciary for the survival of democracy in the country.
A seven-man panel of Supreme Court justices led by Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, on Wednesday aside validating the elections of Wike and Umahi of PDP, also cleared Ibikunle Amosun of All Progressives Congress as governor of Ogun State.
In a statement yesterday by the Acting National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, the opposition party hailed the maturity, responsiveness and patriotism displayed by the apex court.
“The Supreme Court in arriving at its judgments, which have resounded among the people not only for being in consonant with their wishes and aspiration as expressed at the elections, but also for reviving their already dwindling confidence in the democratic process and the Nigerian project”, the statement added.
Mr. Secondus noted that the judgments have affirmed not only the popularity of the two governors but also that of the PDP in the two states and other states of the Southsouth and South-east.
“We note that despite the temporary setback of the 2015 presidential elections, the PDP remains the only party with genuine national interest and capacity to deliver a stable and united country.
“We urge our governors, legislators as well as other PDP elected and appointed office holders across the country to redouble their efforts in providing purposeful leadership with innovations for wealth creation in the face of daunting economic challenges in line with the ideology and visions of PDP’s founding fathers.
“This is especially as others whose political platforms offer no ideological base and clear-cut direction for governance are now resorting to blame games and defeatism, which serves no purpose or offer any hope for the people”, the statement concluded.