Abuja - The governorship candidate of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Dakuku Peterside, has hailed the
verdict of the Appeal Court endorsing the earlier judgement of the Elections
Petitions Tribunal to nullify the polls held in April.
Peterside praised the judiciary for its courage and
efforts towards deepening the nation’s democracy and political process.
He said the judiciary would be remembered for standing
tall even in the face of unwarranted provocation and vilification by “those who
brazenly stole the peoples’ mandate during the March and April elections in
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“I am happy that the Nigerian judiciary is rekindling
hope in our electoral process and in our country generally. This is so because
the judiciary is sending the right signal, particularly to those who perpetrate
violence and fraud during elections,” he said.
“Never again will a peoples’ mandate be subverted so
viciously by a violent and self-seeking few, all in the name of political
"Members of our party and supporters were murdered
in cold blood in their homes and campaign grounds for their political beliefs.
We are happy that this injustice is currently being addressed by a credible
institution like the judiciary.”
Peterside lost the election to eventual winner, Nyesom
Wike, who polled 88 percent of the vote, but his party contested the outcome
citing violence and vote rigging.
“We pray never to experience the level of persecution,
violence and deaths that characterised both the March and April elections in
Democracy is about freedom, equality and
justice; so everybody must join hands to defend it at all times,” said Peterside.
“I therefore wish to dedicate our victories in the
legislative and executive arms to our fallen brothers and sisters, our
supporters and the entire Rivers people for believing in us and for keeping
faith. Our state will be great again if and only when we vote into public
office, our sons and daughters who will not bring shame to us by their words and
- CAJ News