Governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the last general elections in Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta and Gombe on Tuesday promised to return their states to the governing APC.
The candidates: Umana Okon Umana (Akwa Ibom); Dakuku Peterside (Rivers); O’tega Emerhor (Delta) and Inuwa Yahaya (Gombe) made the pledge in Abuja, while addressing State House Correspondents after consulting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
The candidates said their resolve was not dampened by the verdicts of the Supreme Court, which affirmed the elections of their PDP opponents.
Umana said his party was reviewing the judgment, adding that there were two concurrent verdicts at the tribunal and Appeal Court, which ordered a rerun.
But Peterside said he had since gotten over the Supreme Court verdict and was channeling his energy on the rerun for the three senatorial, 12 House of Representatives and 22 Assembly seats slated for March 19.
He said all his party was asking for is a level-playing field from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and security agencies.
“Now, we are going for elections and we believe INEC will be impartial and the security agencies will provide a conducive atmosphere for people to vote and their votes will count”.
Peterside said APC represents the dreams and aspirations of the Rivers people and he was confident the party would win the legislative elections.
The Gombe APC candidate said they were in the Presidential Villa to share ideas with VP Osinbajo, who is a Professor of Law and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, on the lessons learnt from the legal system.
Yahaya said chances were high for the APC to clinch Gombe in the next elections.
“Everybody knows Nigerians, particularly from the North, has embraced change. Gombe is APC and will remain APC and we live to see in 2019 who will be there”.