The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is set to contest the victory of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Nyesom Wike in the recently held elections.
Rivers APC Chairman, Davies Ikanya stated on Friday, April 17, 2015, that the party had concluded plans to challenge Wike’s victory at the election tribunal.
Ikanya added, via a statement, that the party’s mandate was stolen by the PDP in cahoots with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the police.
The statement reads:
“This brazen electoral theft by Chief Nyesom Wike and his PDP gangsters cannot be allowed to stand.”
“These power-drunk anti-democratic elements, in their desperation for power, were not discreet in their electoral fraud that saw the allocation of a bogus over a million votes to Chief Wike.”
“The documents and video tapes so far assembled will surely see many Rivers INEC and PDP chieftains being thrown into jail at the end of the day.”
“We wish to appeal to our members and the entire people of Rivers State to remain calm and resolute as the party goes to the Tribunal to retrieve their stolen mandate.”
“Our case is as clear as daylight, as even Prof. Wole Soyinka, Ambassador John Endwistle of the United States of America, the European Union Electoral Observers and other international bodies have since testified that the elections purportedly conducted in Rivers State were a sham.”
With this development, Chief Wike will now join the league of Sir Celestine Omehia who spent only four months as Governor of Rivers State before he was sacked by the Supreme Court in 2007.”
“This is a case which we shall pursue to a logical conclusion not only to retrieve our stolen mandate but to ensure that the plot of sharing Rivers State Federal Allocation among the ten main key actors of PDP in the State does not materialise.”
Wike won 1, 029, 102 votes to defeat APC candidate, Dakuku Peterside, who polled 124,896 votes.