Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, has instructed his lawyers to proceed to the Supreme Court to challenge the Appeal Court judgment, which ordered fresh governorship election in the State.
The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday upheld the decision of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, which on October 14, nullified Wike’s election as governor of Rivers State.
Reacting to the appellate court’s judgment, Wike stated that he disagrees with it, hence his decision to exhaust his constitutional right by approaching the apex court.
The governor also called on all his supporters and the people of Rivers State to remain calm as Justice will be done at the end of day.
“He assured the people of the state that he will use all constitutional processes to protect the mandate they freely bestowed on him, hence his decision to approach the Supreme Court for further adjudication”, a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, said on Wednesday in reaction to the Appeal Court ruling.
In spite of the ruling, Wike pointed out that he still remains the duly elected governor of Rivers State pending the determination of his appeal by the Supreme Court.
“Governor Wike assured the people of Rivers State that all ongoing development projects will continue while his administration will continue to promote the security of lives and property across the state”, the statement concluded.