This was the position of the Chief Felix Obuah-led Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state which said that Amaechi’s interpretation and information on the October 3 decision of the Supreme Court concerning the governorship of Rivers State was not a true reflection of the position of the apex court.
In a statement issued by Mr. Jerry Needam, special adviser on media to Mr. Obuah, the Rivers PDP urged Gov. Amaechi not to trample on the decisions of the apex court.
The party said, “Governor Amaechi and his overzealous supporters have deliberately twisted the Supreme Court’s ruling on the various applications before it in the Rivers State matter to suit them and thereby misinformed their innocent supporters and the unsuspecting public.
“In addition to deciding to hear the case expeditiously, the Supreme Court gave 2 basic orders. It consolidated the appeals involving Governor Amaechi, Sir Celestine Omehia, the PDP and INEC and also assumed jurisdiction as a court of first instance.
“By this, there is no more remittance of the case to the Court of Appeal and it is for that reason that the Supreme Court ordered the Court of Appeal to transmit all processes filed in the case to it.
“Decision of the apex Court should not be misinterpreted or be dragged into politics. The way the Governor and his allies have divided the State and the party should not be used on the Supreme Court”, the statement added.
The party further noted that what the apex court had done was to enable it entertain the matter as one and to allow Sir Celestine Omehia, who applied to be joined in the suit as an interested party, to halt Amaechi’s delay tactics.
The Rivers PDP expressed dismay over the alleged spurious misrepresentation of facts by Amaechi, his commissioners and aides aimed which were aimed at deceiving the people of the State, who may not have access to true information regarding the matter.
“The Party also views the statement credited to the Governor while reacting to the Supreme Court ruling yesterday that, no Court and no one can remove him from office till the end of his tenure, as an affront on the Court.
“The people deserve to know the true decision of the court in the matter and as such decision of the court ought to be obeyed and respected. Misrepresenting it to the public does not portray anyone as been subject to its decisions”, the statement said.