Abuja - Dakuku Peterside, the losing
governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the April
elections, has commended the verdict of the Appeal Court, which sacked National
Assembly members of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).
The sacking following a sitting in Abuja is the latest in
a series of incidents culminating from the controversial poll.
George Thompson Sekibo, Kingsley Chinda, Boniface
Emeremgwa, Bright Gogo and Jerome Amadi
suffered a setback after the Appeal Court withheld the appeal by APC
Peterside described the judgment as victory, not only for
the long-suffering people of Rivers State but also for those who voted at the
He contended that the actions of the erudite Justices of
the Appeal Court were demonstrative of a new Nigeria where a few would no
longer stifle the voices and collective decision of the majority.
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“I know that everybody in Rivers State, including our
opponents in the last general elections expected these sweeping judgments
because we were all witnesses to the widespread violence and irregularities
that marred the various elections,” said Petrside.
“As a party and law abiding citizens, we are happy that
at last, light has overshadowed darkness, and this in itself is encouraging.
Although the journey has been winding and most painful but we have remained
steadfast knowing full well that at all times, truth will always take the
limelight over lies and evil, no matter how hard human beings try.”
He said these landmark judgments were “vindicating” and
“For our opponents, I wish to counsel them to quickly
come to terms with the new reality which intensely abhors electoral violence
and fraud. No society can make progress in an atmosphere of brute force,
violence, ignorance, intolerance, intimidation and all the vices our rivals
employed and exhibited before and during the elections.”
He urged the voters to elect the APC in the polls likely
to be held in the foreseeable future after Governor, Nyesom Wike’s vitory was
“Nigeria deserves the very best of representation. We
cannot afford to support candidates who are evidently lacking in capacity and
in all the necessary tools needed in modern day governance,” said Peterside.
- CAJ News