From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
Rivers State House of Assembly has congratulated the state Governor, Barr Nyesom Wike, over his victory at the state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, in Port Harcourt, on the petition filed by the African Action Congress (AAC) governorship candidate in the 2019 election, Biokpomabo Awara, against Independent National Electoral Commission, the Governor and Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP).
This as the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has also hailed Governor over the verdict in his favour by the tribunal.
It would be recalled that the three man panel led by Justice K. A. Orjiako had on Monday, dismissed the petition of Awara on the ground that it was deemed abandoned on paragraph 4 of the First Schedule of the Electoral Act.
Speaker of the House, Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, during his briefing with Assembly correspondent alongside principal officers of the House, described the verdict as landmark, saying it was a victory to Rivers people.
Ibani said that the victory judgement was a reaffirmation of overwhelming mandate given to Govenor Wike by Rivers people, in March, 2019, governorship election in the state.
He stated: “It is our assertion that the quality leadership the people are experiencing in governance from His Excellency, in terms of infrastructural, human, economic and social development, truly deserves such reciprocal gestures and support from people of the state for more successes to be recorded.
“The Rivers State House of Assembly wishes to restate its commitment and readiness to give full support to the governor in his drive to deliver on campaign promises made to the people of the state”, he stated.
Speaking further, the speaker dismissed the insinuation that the House of Assembly is a ‘rubber stamp’, maintaining that the House, from the Eighth Assembly till the present dispensation, has operated independently.
He explained: “And, if you witness what we do here and even the Eighth Assembly, you would find out that we carry out our legislative duties to where we are supposed to. We are up and doing. We know what we are doing here.
“There is no external influence in terms of the deliverables of what we do here. But, one thing I would like you to understand is that, the separation of powers as enunciated by a philosopher, did not mention a watertight division or separation.
Similarly, the state PDP Chairman, Mr Felix Obuah stated that the recent victory of Governor Nyesom Wike at the tribunal in Port Harcourt was divine.
Obua stated through a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam.
The State PDP boss noted that the judgement has proved that the mandate of Rivers people to Governor Wike as their Governor remains sacrosanct and cannot be reversed or distorted under any guise.
“When humans and God are of one accord concerning any issue as is the case with the re-election of Governor Wike, it is usually victory all the way for the just and greater fall for the unjust”, PDP chairman noted.
He thanked Rivers people for their steadfastness against the force and fury of hell unleashed on them by the undemocratic elements throughout the election period and enjoined them not to relent or allow these enemies of the State any point of entry.
Bro Obuah reassured them of the strong resolve of the PDP-led government to remain on the path of good governance and economic emancipation of the people.