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Tension in Rivers as court rules on Amaechi today

By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT— INSINUATIONS that result of the last governorship election in Rivers State would  be annulled at today’s  sitting of the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt have continued to dominate discussion in several circles in the state
Meanwhile, to douse tension or do what some may call clarification, the Rivers State government yesterday called on people of the state to ignore what it described as rumours making the rounds that the governor would be removed by the verdict of the court today.

Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi

A statement from the Acting Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Blessing Wekina, quoted the Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, as saying that the Court of Appeal ruling today would have nothing to do with the removal of the governor.

Rather, he said the issues before the court border ed on the proper hearing of the case by the governorship candidate of  Accord Party in the last election, Chief Bekinbo Soberekon

The Chief of Staff reportedly said that the governorship candidate of Accord Party merely asked the appeal court to hear his suite which was dismissed by the election petition tribunal for lack of merit, and to also give it accelerated hearing

“We don’t know the mind of the court, but what happened in court last time was the question of going back for trial at the Tribunal, or be dismissed, according to the argument of the learned counsel before it adjourned,” he stated.

The Chief of Staff appealed to Rivers people to remain calm and go about their normal businesses, realizing that some opposition politicians thrive in rumours as “a way of giving their followers hope.”

Chief Wike said:   “The rumour of removal of Governor Amaechi from office is misleading, and I do not know where they manufactured the story from.”

He added that those who attended the last court session knew exactly what the issues canvassed in court represented.


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