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Dakuku hails judiciary after Rivers poll nullification

17 December 2015, 09:46Emeka Okonkwo

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 Rivers State.”

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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 contest.

"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 our state.

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 actions.”

- CAJ News


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