Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has described the nullification of his election by the Court of Appeal, as a temporary setback, saying that God’s will and the mandate of the people would prevail at the end of the day.
Addressing thousands of Rivers State people, who thronged the Port Harcourt International Airport to receive him Thursday, Governor Wike urged the people to remain peaceful, insisting that the state remains Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), despite the contrived situation at present.
He assured the people that his lawyers had already started the process of appeal to the Supreme Court, noting that after the Supreme Court, the PDP would accept whatever judgement given by the apex court.
The governor said the PDP was ready for the National Assembly election as ordered by the Appeal Court, but warned that the people would resist any attempt by the Federal Government to use soldiers and policemen to manipulate the elections.
He said: “I want to warn, let nobody attempt to do what happened in Bayelsa State here. Since they said they have annulled the elections, let them come and conduct fresh elections. Let nobody think that they can use soldiers and policemen to intimidate us. We will resist any such attempt. We have maintained our cool for a long time. Our calmness should not be mistaken as a sign of weakness.”
He advised all PDP members in the state to commence unit-to-unit and ward- to-ward campaigns for the National Assembly elections.
“ We shall return all our National Assembly members as a way to disgrace those who think they will snatch the mandate of the people”, he said.