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Senatorial victory at Appeal Court: Rivers APC celebrates Abe, Uchendu
The snatching of two senators at Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday, August 24, 2017, has sent most members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State jubilating. The party leadership that had ceaselessly mourned the loss of Brick House (seat of power) in Port Harcourt has jumped for joy, openly boasting of their chances in 2019.
This is as the senator representing Rivers South East, Magnus Abe, has not only thanked God and the judiciary, but has thanked the former governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, now minister of Transportation and leader of the APC in the state, for his victory. Abe’s gratitude to Amaechi seems to douse tensions that have grown between them in recent times over fears that Amaechi was tilting away from Abe in terms of governorship slot in 2019, as he did in 2015.
Soon after the judgments in Abuja, the Rivers State Chapter of the APC in a statement signed by its State Chairman, Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, and circulated by Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, his media chief, expressed gladness for the victories of Andrew Uchendu and Abe.
The chairman said: “With Uchendu’s victory who is a proven lawmaker, we are convinced that he will kick-start the formal sack of Governor Nyesom Wike from the Brick House come 2019. The party also appreciates the victories of Abe representing the South East Senatorial District and all their members in the Rivers State House of Assembly and House of Representatives in their various cases in the Court of Appeal.
The Rivers APC said: “With these victories we need not tell Nigerians that APC truly is the main political party in Rivers State. Nobody needs to tell the government in the state that it is time”.
The party, while congratulating the winners, requested them to toe the principles of their leader, Amaechi, and give both the state and nation the required direction in their various areas of operations.
“With this development, the senators, George Sekibo and Olaka Nwogu, can now comfortably retire from politics and allow those that can give the state the required representation to do so accordingly.”
The party described Amaechi as the lion of Niger Delta politics as one who has proved that he is truly the leader to follow.
Meanwhile, Abe has expressed joy on the outcome of the Court of Appeal judgment on the December 10, 2016, Senatorial re-run election, describing it as the most contentious election in the history of elections in Nigeria.
Speaking after the judgment, Abe said although Olaka Nwogu challenged his victory, he deserved commendation for exhausting his constitutional rights up to the level of the Court of Appeal and hoped that the decision of the Court would put to rest his contention after almost two years of electoral battle.
Abe, who is the chairman, senate committee on Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), commended the judiciary for its forthrightness in resolving electoral disputes, thanked God, the good people of Rivers South East, President Mohammad Buhari, Amaechi, the APC at all levels, the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agents for their role in concluding the election.
The three (3)-man panel of Judges of the Appeal Court sitting in Abuja, led by Justice Adamu Jauro, dismissed the appeal filed by Nwogu against the verdict of the Election Petition Tribunal, which validated the victory of Abe.
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