The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has said it has concluded arrangements to challenge the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Nyesom Wike, at the State Election Tribunal.
The chairman of the party, Davies Ikanya, who stated this in a statement on Friday, said its mandate was stolen by the PDP in connivance with the Independent National Electoral Commission and the police.
Mr. Wike polled 1, 029, 102 votes to defeat the APC candidate, Dakuku Peterside, who scored 124,896.
Mr. Ikanya assured the people of Rivers State that the mandate which they gave to the party and to its governorship candidate would soon be retrieved for the good of the future of the State.
“This brazen electoral theft by Chief Nyesome Wike and his PDP gangsters cannot be allowed to stand,” it said.
“These power-drunk anti-democratic elements, in their desperation for power, were not discreet in their electoral fraud that saw the allocation of a bogus over a million votes to Chief Wike.
“The documents and video tapes so far assembled will surely see many Rivers INEC and PDP chieftains being thrown into jail at the end of the day.”
The APC said it has an iron-cast case against Mr. Wike and PDP, saying that it is not surprised that he (Wike), who cannot win up to 30 per cent of the votes in a free and fair election in Rivers State, is now desperately running from pillar to post in a bid to prevent APC from going to the Tribunal.
It stated, “We wish to appeal to our members and the entire people of Rivers State to remain calm and resolute as the party goes to the Tribunal to retrieve their stolen mandate. Our case is as clear as daylight, as even Prof. Wole Soyinka, Ambassador John Endwistle of the United States of America, the European Union Electoral Observers and other international bodies have since testified that the elections purportedly conducted in Rivers State were a sham.”
The APC said Mr. Wike’s fate had become sealed by the failure to burn the INEC Office in Port Harcourt and with it the evidence of his bare-faced electoral fraud.
“With this development, Chief Wike will now join the league of Sir Celestine Omehia who spent only four months as Governor of Rivers State before he was sacked by the Supreme Court in 2007,” it said.
“This is a case which we shall pursue to a logical conclusion not only to retrieve our stolen mandate but to ensure that the plot of sharing Rivers State Federal Allocation among the ten main key actors of PDP in the State does not materialise.”