No need to appeal Rivers’ ruling-LP tells PDP
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.