Addressing thousands of his supporters who thronged the Port Harcourt International Airport on Saturday evening to welcome him back from Abuja, Governor Nyesom Wike urged them to remain peaceful as the tribunal’s judgment was simply the verdict of man which will give way to God's verdict.
Gov. Wike through his Media Special Assistant, said though by his training he is not expected to criticise a judge, the Judgment by the the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal negated earlier judgments given by the same tribunal wherein they upheld his election in petitions filed by the Labour Party and the Social Democratic Party, only to make a contradictory u-turn and nullify his election for the same reasons they upheld it in other petitions.
Governor Wike who was accompanied by the PDP Acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus and Rivers leaders said: “ I have never seen a situation where a lower court overrules a higher court. The Court of Appeal has ruled on the issue of card reader which the tribunal based today’s judgment upon".
The governor cited the fact that the Electoral Act does not recognise the card reader as stated by several tribunals and the Appeal Court.
“ Nobody will intimidate me to abandon the people of Rivers State. Justice will prevail at the end.
"I have a very good case and my lawyers are already compiling the appeal process. Therefore, Rivers people should remain peaceful as the good work already started will be completed by God's grace".