The senator-elect representing Rivers East senatorial district, Andrew Uchendu, and the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Davies Ikanya have advised Rivers State governor, NyesomWike to accept the verdict of the Appeal Court which affirmed Uchendu's election in good faith.
Both men offered their counsel to Wike in response to the governor's reaction to the judgment of the court during a thanksgiving service in honour of George Sekibo, Uchendu's opponent at the poll in Port Harcourt.
Wike had said that the outcome of the legal tussle between Uchendu and Sekibo which ended with the former being declared the duly elected senator of Rivers East senatorial district was a confirmation of his earlier allegation that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigeria Police were colluding with the APC to rig elections in the state.
But in a statement by his media aide, Solomon Okocha, Uchendu dismissed Wike's claims, querying “was the judiciary involved in excluding the results of ward six of Okrika Local Government Area? Did the judiciary direct that the result of Emohua Local Government Area should not be collated at Emohua? Did the judiciary direct INEC to withhold the Senate result of Ikwerre Local Government Area and declare that of the Federal House Of Representatives and that of Rivers State House of Assembly, respectively, for an election that held on the same day?”
Ikanya, through his special adviser on Media and Publicity, ChukwuemekaEze, described Wike's blame on INEC and the Police for the PDP's misfortune in Rivers State and the loss of most of her national and state assembly members at the Appeal Court as not only unfortunate but a calculated attempt to excuse himself as the main culprit for his party's misfortunes in the state.
The Rivers APC chairman condemned Wike's threat and plot to re-enact the 2015 bloody election in 2019 in Rivers State.