- Andrew Uchendu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had been declared winner of the senatorial election by the Rivers state elections petition tribunal
- Uchendu was declared winner while Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s George Thompson Sekibo was sacked
- The chieftains of theAPC said they strongly believed that the appeal tribunal will affirm what the lower tribunal has done
Chief Emeka Bekee, secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers, has said the victory of Chief Andrew Uchendu at the Rivers Election Petition Tribunal is a confirmation of the party’s popularity.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the tribunal, sitting in Abuja, on Thursday, June 29, declared Uchendu as the winner of the December re-run election for Rivers East Senatorial seat.
The tribunal also ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return from George Sekibo (PDP) and give it to Uchendu as the duly elected senator representing Rivers-East Senatorial District.
Bekee in Port Harcourt on Thursday, June 29, said that the party was very delighted. “As a party, we are very delighted because when we told Rivers people that PDP took our mandate, we believed that the tribunal would do justice to it.
“We strongly believe that the appeal tribunal will affirm what the lower tribunal has done.
“As an APC member, I can tell you that the party is very delighted, happy and satisfied with the judgment.”
Bekee urged the APC party members to remain strong and focused.In his reaction, Dr Chidi Lloyd, the immediate past majority Leader of the Rivers House of Assembly, said that the victory was in support of the party’s message that politicians should allow votes to count.
“It only confirms what we have been saying that people should learn how to win elections and not to use crude means.
“The cookies have started crumbling; Rivers people know how Sen. Sekibo was declared winner,” he said.
Lloyd alleged that INEC’s returning officer for the River-East Senatorial election was forced at gunpoint, and after being beaten, to declare the sacked Senator the winner.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Senator George Sekibo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) representing Rivers East senatorial district, had been sacked by the Rivers state national and state assembly election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja.
George, the candidate of the PDP candidate was declared winner of the legislative election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which held on Saturday, December 10, 2016, to elect lawmakers for the vacant National Assembly seats.
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