Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the Supreme Court judgment on his election restored the confidence of Nigerians in the Judiciary as it confirmed the will of the Rivers people.
Governor Wike stressed that if the Supreme Court had nullified his election, he wouldn’t have contested the rerun governorship election because of the evil plot to use security forces to instigate a loss of lives in the state.
The governor spoke on Sunday at a Thanksgiving service at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church that attracted PDP leaders across the country. In attendance were Governors Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State. Also present was the Former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, former Rivers State Governor Peter Odili and Celestine Omehia and National and State Legislators.
Governor Wike noted that God worked in his time by reversing what several persons thought was irreversible with the previous judgments of the Election Tribunal and the Appeal Court.
He said: “Nothing is impossible with God. Men of God prophesied a few days to the Supreme Court that the judgment will confirm the mandate given to us by the Rivers people.
“We won the election clearly as has been confirmed by the Supreme Court. If there was a rerun, I wouldn’t have contested because there would have been bloodbath. I resolved not to be part of anything that would bring bloodbath. “
Governor Wike said that an evil plot had been hatched to arrest him, detain him to discourage Rivers people before the Legislative elections earlier scheduled for February 6.
According to him, the political powers were already indiscriminately arresting PDP members and leaders across the state, preparatory to the rerun elections.
He assured the people of Rivers State that he will judiciously use the mandate to advance the course of development in the state.
The governor reiterated his earlier declaration that he will not allow the rigging of the rerun elections in the State, noting that any INEC staff who attempts to rig will be treated as an armed robber.
He said: “I am the executive governor of Rivers State and a strong one for that matter. We will support INEC to conduct credible elections. However, any official who plans to rig will get the treatment reserved for armed robbers “.
He noted that the failure of the evil plotters means that Rivers people will return all the Legislators whose elections were nullified by the Appeal Court.
Governor Wike declared called for a comprehensive fight against corruption, urging support for the prosecution for all those who stole Rivers money to sponsor APC National election campaign .
He said that between December 1 and 18 of 2014 , the former Rivers State Government used 150 million United States Dollars to fund the APC elections. He said that the State Government will recover all stolen funds.
The governor assured the Rivers State APC Governorship Candidate, Dakuku Peterside that he will be accommodated in the process of developing the state. He added that Dakuku Peterside is not an orphan, saying that: “I will be a father to Dakuku Peterside. He is not an orphan “.
In his sermon, Archbishop of Niger Delta Province, Dr Ignatius Kattey said that the victory of Governor Wike at Supreme Court has brought peace to the state. He called on the governor to be father of all the people of the state.