PDP Governors’ Forum to meet over Rivers’ tribunal judgement
Ondo State Governor and chairman of the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP). Governors’ Forum, Dr
Olusegun Mimiko has declared that leaders of the party
will soon meet over the judgment of the Rivers state
Election Petition Tribunal delivered on Saturday.
Mimiko, who spoke in Akure hinted that the PDP
Governors were worried with the tribunal verdict and
will also meet over the matter.
He described the tribunal judgment that nullified the
election of Governor Nyensom Wike of Rivers State as
an embarrassment that called
Mimiko said there were lots of issues surrounding the
judgment, which called for deliberation.
judgement would be upturned at the Appeal Court,
describing it as unfair.
He said “Tribunal judgement is either way but the
Rivers State Election tribunal judgement delivered last
Saturday is embarrassing.
“We have challenged the jurisdiction of the tribunal
sitting in Abuja when Port-Harcourt is peaceful. The
Chairman of the tribunal was changed and the Supreme
Court will deliver judgement on the jurisdiction case
before the end of this week,” he stated.
Picking holes in the process that led to the last
Saturday’s judgement, Mimiko queried the rationale
behind the tribunal’s rush to deliver its judgement when
it still had till next week before its sitting date would
opined that the tribunal should have waited for the
judgment of the Supreme court on its jurisdiction for
sitting in Abuja instead of Port Harcourt.
He expressed optimism that the PDP will always win
elections in Rivers State.
“The judgment will be appealed and we are confident of
a positive outcome from the appellate Court. If election
is to be conducted 100 times in Rivers State, PDP will
win. Rivers State is PDP state”, he added.
The PDP Governors forum chairman said there was no
way the tribunal judges could have studied the
avalanche of written address and evidence adopted and
delivered judgement in less than 24 hours.
According to him “Nine
written addresses were
adopted by the tribunal at
about 2pm on Thursday while the notice of judgement
was sent on
Friday. Apart from the nine written addresses of over
40 pages each, there were over 100 witnesses and over
1000 documents presented. The
judges could not have evaluated all these within 24