No need to ap­peal Rivers’ rul­ing-LP tells PDP

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Muideen Olaniyi

The gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2015 gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion in Rivers State, Prince Tonye Princewill, has said that there is no need to ap­peal last Satur­day’s judg­ment of the Gov­er­nor­ship Elec­tion Pe­ti­tion Tri­bunal that over­turned the elec­tion of Gover­nor Nye­som Wike of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP).

Prince Princewill, in a signed state­ment, through Mr. Wabiye Idoni­boyeobu, the Di­rec­tor Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity, Tonye Princewill Cam­paign Or­gan­i­sa­tion, said the can­cel­la­tion of the elec­tion did not come as a sur­prise to “many neu­tral ob­servers who came out on the Elec­tion Day to try and cast their vote.”

“Even PDP sup­port­ers I'm sure, in their heart of hearts, knew that this day would come. Like I said to my sup­port­ers on the Elec­tion Day, jus­tice will pre­vail and the truth of this day will come out. If the APC le­gal team could not prove that there was no elec­tion in Rivers state, no­body could. It was that ob­vi­ous.

“I'd like to thank all the judges for up­hold­ing the law, the par­ties for con­duct­ing their briefs with ci­vil­ity and the peo­ple of Rivers State for sur­viv­ing this pe­riod. If I was the PDP, I would not even bother to ap­peal this judg­ment. I'd rather head back to the court of pub­lic opin­ion. Ul­ti­mately that is where this mat­ter will end. Why de­lay?” he asked.

He promised to brief his sup­port­ers and well-wish­ers in the days ahead on the role to play in fu­ture. “I told you from day one not to worry. Your votes will count. I meant it.”

He urged all Rivers peo­ple to stay law abid­ing and peace­ful, say­ing this is not the time for cel­e­bra­tion or mourn­ing, but a time for sober re­flec­tion.

He said the ex­pe­ri­ence had al­lowed all, in­clud­ing those he re­ferred to as ‘ana­log politi­cians’ to re­flect on the need to let peo­ple vote.

“Do unto oth­ers as you wish they do unto you. What goes around does come around. This law has been around be­fore us and will re­main with us long af­ter we have gone,” he added.

Nye­som Wike

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