By Akanimo Sampson in Port Harcourt
It was a cocktail of sorts in most quarters in Rivers State on Thursday, as the Supreme Court of Nigeria short-circuited the Celestine Omehia administration that was originally foisted on the state by some interest groups that were opposed to transparent democracy.
In Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state, most of the youths erupted into open celebration, saying God has finally answered our prayers. One of them, Chibuike Nwafor, a school teacher, could not hide his feelings when he told our correspondent, ”i am sdo excited. For me, this is the day that the Lord has made”
For the some of the pro-democracy activists who spoke to us, they were full of praises for the apex court for freeing Rivers from what they described as ”an evil regime”. Both Joseph Ezuma, and Okon Bassey of the Journalists for Niger Delta, JODEL, a media group concerned with the affairs of the oil and gas region, said it was a monumental judgment.
Tonye Princewill, the Action Congress, AC, governorship candidate in the April 14 polls simply told our correspondent, ”to God be the glory. At last, the evil and danger that Omehia portends to our state is now history with the nullification of his purported election as governor of Rivers State by the Supreme Court”.
Princewill’s party, the AC said the Judiciary by the verdict has once again confirmed that it is truly the fulcrum through which democracy revolves. According to the party, ”with this historical and monumental judgment decent and God fearing people can now venture into politics to salvage our hard earned democracy from the wolves that hijacked governance in our country in the first place”.
For the generality of Rivers people, the judgment has brought to an end, ”the calamitous reign of a clique that has enslaved our people these past eight and half years and taken us as s conquered people that ought not to have a say on how we are governed”.
It seems AC is bracing to play ball with Rotimi Amaechi. The party has wired the former Speaker of the state House of Assembly a congratulatory message for doggedly fighting for justice against all odds. ”We have sent our congratulations message to Amaechi. We see him as a true and great son of Rivers for doggedly fighting and bringing the arrogant group, not only to their knees, but teaching them a lesson they will never forget in their entire lives”, Media Consultant to the party, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, said.
Continuing, the party said, ”we are happy that the battle to govern Rivers will now be between their two great visionary sons Amaechi and Princewill. Our joy over this development is that it is the people of Rivers that will now vote in their own candidates and not imposed stooges by a wicked clique when the Election Tribunal may have thrown out the PDP leadership in the State”.
In spite of the court’s verdict, AC said it will still press ahead with its case at the election tribunal