Lagos – Losing Labour Party aspirant in the Rivers State governorship election, Tonye Princewill, is hoping democracy prevails in the region amid political tensions sparked by the outcome of the contested poll.
He said while the poll held in April was contentious, stakeholders must support Governor Nyesom Wike, whom the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the winner.
“I still boldly stand to say the April elections were the worst in our history; but by our constitution, Gov Nyesom Wike was sworn in thanks to INEC, he is therefore the Governor and has a constitutional duty to govern the state, till further notice. He needs the support and prayers of all to achieve that,” Princewill said.
Some parties, notably the All Progreessive Congress have rejected the poll outcome and approached a tribunal to nullify the results, which saw its candidate, Dakuku Peterside, coming second behind Wike Princewill explained why he did not take a similar route.
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“I refused to approach the tribunal for many reasons, some which I made public, but one major reason was the fact that men of God I respect, told me not to. And when I prayed about it, my mind was at peace. It still is,”
“The independence and maturity of the governorship tribunal, is quite impressive and encouraging but I did not approach them; my party did after trying to suspend me for advising them against it.
"Surprisingly they did not contest the senatorial elections, nor the house of reps nor any of the House of Assembly elections; just mine. Even when I said ‘No’. I hear they lost.”
He was non-committal as to whether he would support the status quo or a re-run.
“Truth be told, the annulment of the elections in Rivers State, would not surprise me; but what will be the outcome of a re-election? My stand is with the people of Rivers State. I have a feeling I know what they want,” he said.
- CAJ News