Rivers re-run: Tribunal sacks Sekibo from Senate
*Sekibo to appeal, urges supporters to remain calm
Election Petitions Tribunal presiding over senatorial elections in Rivers State has nullified the victory of George Sekibo of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Andrew Uchendu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared the winner of the re-run election, which held on 10th December, 2016.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had declared Mr. Sekibo winner of the election conducted in Rivers East Senatorial District.
The tribunal ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return from Mr. Sekibo and give to Mr. Uchendu.
Senator representing Rivers East Senatorial district in the National Assembly Senator George Thompson Sekibo has indicated his readiness to appeal the verdict of the Rivers state National/ State Assembly election petitions tribunal sitting in Abuja which Wednesday upturned his electoral victory at the 10th December, 2016 re-run polls.
Reacting to the tribunal’s decision, Senator Sekibo expressed every hope that his appeal will justify his victory and restore his people’s belief in democratic values.
According to him, the sincere wishes of patriotic Rivers people and people of Rivers East Senatorial district who came out and voted overwhelmingly for the PDP would never be subverted as “the truth cannot be defeated by shades of darkness.”
The Senator re-affirmed his confidence in the capacity of the judiciary to dispense justice and urged the electorate to remain steadfast in their support for him and the PDP.
Thanking his supporters for their prayers and support, Senator Sekibo said he was aware that many people were not happy with the Tribunal’s judgement but described it as a price a commander pays for leading a battle.
Sekibo thanked his numerous supporters for their prayers and support and urged them to remain calm and courageous as he expects the Appeal panel to further appraise the facts of the matter and give the true judgement.