The All Progressives Congress, APC, on Saturday said the nullification of the election of the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Nyesom Wike, by the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, marked the end of political hooliganism and impunity by PDP and Wike.
Mr Lai Mohammed, APC National Publicity Secretary, in a statement issued in Lagos after the judgment, also described the tribunal’s decision as a “deadly body blow to impunity and hooliganism”.
According to APC, the judgement was a clear indication that the era of PDP impunity and hooliganism was over, and that the only way for elections to have legitimacy is for them to be free, fair and credible.
The party noted that there is no shortcut to free, fair and credible elections, which it said, is part of the wind of change under the Buhari administration that is blowing across Nigeria, touching all arms of government.
“Elections are about the expression of the will of the people, and they must always be free to express themselves, irrespective of what some desperate politicians may feel.
“Politicians, especially those seeking or occupying elective office, must realize that they can only derive their legitimacy from the people, and that unless they respect the wishes of the people, they will not go far.
“We urge APC members and supporters in the state to remain peaceful, even in the face of provocation by those who are now realizing, to their chagrin, that there is always a limit to everything, including impunity and hooliganism,” Mohammed said.
The statement added that APC also commended Dr Dakuku Peterside, its gubernatorial candidate, who successfully pursued his petition against Wike’s election at the tribunal with rare doggedness and strong conviction.