Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to accept their fate that the party will not contest the governorship and assemblies’ elections in the state.
Wike urged leaders of the APC to accept the judgment of the Supreme Court as the will of God and understand that they will not contest any election in the state, this year.
The governor said these, yesterday, in a state broadcast, on the rescheduled presidential and National Assembly elections slated for tomorrow.
Wike said: “Truth be told, the Supreme Court has spoken. Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed. It is the will of God and there is nothing anybody can do to return the APC to the ballot for the 2019 general elections in Rivers State.
“But this, I believe, is not the end of life for the APC in Rivers State. There is always another day and as political leaders, we must have the courage to accept the reality, know when to stop fighting for nothing and tell our followers the simple truth, even if it may sound bitter.
“I would, therefore, advice my brothers in the APC to endeavour to put their house in order, allow the prevailing peace to continue and prepare for 2023.
“Let me assure everyone that the collective interest of our state will continue to guide our actions and we shall continue to accommodate everybody irrespective of party affiliation in our schemes of governance.”
Regardless, Director General of the Tonye Cole Campaign Organisation, Chidi Lloyd, waxed philosophical and said although justice could be delayed, it would never be denied.
“While the APC in Rivers continues to be unjustly excluded by INEC from the ballot, we continue to be mocked and taunted by the PDP. But justice will come. Though delayed, it (justice) will not be denied,” he said.