Following Wednesday’s ruling by the three-man Court of Appeal panel sitting in Abuja, which struck out the appeal filed by Governor Nyesom Wike, seeking a dismissal of the judgment of the Rivers election petition tribunal which sacked him as governor of the state, Wike has called on all his supporters and the people of Rivers State to remain calm, even as he has instructed his lawyers to appeal the judgement at the Supreme Court.
In a 110-page ruling delivered by Justice M.B. Dongban-Mensem, the Court ruled that the election of Nyesom Wike did not conform with the electoral act. The Court ordered a rerun in 90 days.
Delivering a final ruling, the Court of Appeal decided all the seven issues raised by Governor Wike in favour of Dakuku Peterside and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a statement issued today, by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media, 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.
Governor Wike called on all his supporters and the people of Rivers State to remain calm as Justice will be done at the end of day.
He assured the people of the state that he will use all constitutional processes to protect the mandate they freely bestowed on him, hence his decision to approach the Supreme Court for further adjudication.
The governor said that he still remains the duly elected governor of Rivers State pending the determination of his appeal by the Supreme Court.
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.