Parties insist Rivers elections were free, Judge was compromised

By Sanni Muhammed October 29, 2015 15:13

Parties insist Rivers elections were free, Judge was compromised

The Rivers State Chapter of the Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, IPAC, the umbrella body of all the existing 25 political parties in Nigeria has rejected the judgment nullifying Governor Nyesom Wike’s election.

IPAC tagged the verdict, “a plot cooked up by Mohammed Ambrosa and former Governor, Rotimi Amaechi to orchestrate violence and mayhem in the Rivers”.

This decision was reached after an emergency meeting held in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, October 28, where the council reaffirmed its support for the State Governor in a 6-point resolution published in Thisday Newspaper.

The Council insisted that the conduct of the April 11 governorship election was free, fair and credible.

Its statement read: “In summary, we members of the Inter-party advisory council of Nigeria (IPAC) do hereby state that the April 11th, 2015 governorship election took place in rivers state, under a peaceful and safe atmosphere in substantial compliance with the electoral act.

“We reject the pre-determined and compromised judgment of Hon. Justice Mohammed Ambrose tribunal and hereby wish to place on record that it was a well written comedy of errors and orchestrated attempt to create a security Tsunami in the calm political waters of Rivers state.

“We stand firm in our commitment to peaceful, safe and secure Rivers state, where the citizens are protected and confident in the Government of Chief Barr, Nyesome Ezenwo Wike to keep faith with his mandate and campaign promises made to Rivers state people.

“The inter party advisory council, Rivers state chapter hereby use this medium to advise Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi who is menacingly prowling all over the place like Spanish bull with his APC agents to desist from the calculated efforts to mortgage rivers state and cause chaos.”

On Saturday, October 24, the Ambrosa led tribunal nullified Wike’s election, citing noncompliance with Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, guidelines and ordered that a fresh election be conducted with 90 days.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has since decided to appeal the decision of the Tribunal at the Appellate Court, insisting that the tribunal erred when it deliberately ignored and glossed over an existing judgment where decisions were given without considerations to the use of card readers.

See: Why Rivers Tribunal judgement is a rape of democracy – Wike