The Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has expressed optimism that inspite of the swearing-in of Nyesom Wike as Governor, he would be removed by the election petition tribunal.
Wike won the April 2015 governorship poll on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
In a statement issued on Saturday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers capital, the state chairman of the APC, Dr. Davies Ikanya, said Wike was unjustly declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
He, therefore, advised the governor not to embark on any long term project, adding that he (Wike) has a short time to stay in office.
Mr. Ikanya also advised the governor not to change the curtains and furniture in the Government House, because he has “a very short time” to stay in power.
He pointed out that the blood of APC members spilled during the elections in the state would never be in vain.
“Mr. Wike was unjustly declared winner by the state INEC, which never hides its connivance with Rivers PDP.
“He does not have the legitimate mandate of the good people of Rivers State to act as their governor. We remain confident that the Election Petition Tribunal will do the needful and sack him accordingly in view of the materials submitted to them, in view of the immorality associated with his occupation of the Government House and in view of the outcry of the people of Rivers State that he does not have their mandate to serve as their governor.
“As we wait to reclaim the mandate of the Rivers State people, which was wickedly seized by INEC in their desperation to impose Wike as the governor of Rivers State, we wish to state that we will not allow the blood of our members spilled to be in vain.
“We owe them and their families the duty to ensure that a God-fearing governor in the person of Dr. Dakuku Peterside is duly installed in the Government House based on the mandate of the good Rivers State people”, Ikanya said in the statement.
The statement, however, pleaded with people of the state to endure whatever hardship that may come from Wike’s administration, pending the restoration of the mandate they gave to the party’s candidate.