December 2, 2016

PDP congratulates Adonye on his victory at the Appeal Court

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has congratulated Mr Diri Adonye on his victory at the Appeal Court, Abuja.

Adonye is the party’s candidate in the March 19 state constituency re-run election in Opobo/Nkoro state constituency of Rivers.

The party’s congratulatory message was issued by Chinwe Nnorom, Head of PDP Publicity Division for the National Publicity Secretary, on Friday in Abuja.

The Appeal Court on Dec. 1 reversed the Ruling of the Election Petition Tribunal and upheld Adonye’s election into Opobo/Nkoro State Constituency of Rivers.

The Special Appeal Panel justices led by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa unanimously nullified the Certificate of Return issued by INEC to Mr Andrew Miller of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The court ordered INEC to immediately issue a new Certificate of Return to Adonye.

Andoye’s election was also upheld by the Election Petition Tribunal.

Nnorom noted that the `joyful mood’ of well-meaning democrats following the Court of Appeal judgment had once again, confirmed that the party is popular in Rivers and in Nigeria.

He added that the celebration of the people indicated that Andoye is popular in his constituency.

“To this end, we again congratulate the Judiciary for upholding the democratic tenet of the majority mandate freely given.

“We urge the Court to continue defending its constitutional role in the defence of the rule of law in Nigeria as a sure way of sustaining our nascent democracy.

“We admonish INEC to stop forthwith from taking sides in the conduct of elections in the country and maintain its statutory responsibility of an unbiased Umpire,” Nnorom added.