L-R: Governor Wike, his wife Justice Suzzette and Acting National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus at the Rivers State New Year Banquet hosted by the Governor on Friday night

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has told his loyalist that he has braced up to accept whatever verdict that emerges from the appeal he filed at the Supreme Court challenging the annulment of his mandate at the Election Tribunal and the Appeal Court.

Wike also admonished all his political loyalists,especially members of the National Assembly and the state assembly who lost their mandates at elections Appeal Court never to condemn judges and the judgments of the Courts of Law simply because they did not favour them.

He said that it is wrong for politicians to hail judges and their judgments whenever they favour them and condemn whenever verdicts are unfavourable.

Wike has said therefore candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state will still emerge victorious because of the commitment of the party to the wellbeing of the people.

He further declared that the people are waiting for the total deployment of card readers, saying that the defeated APC in Rivers State will not win any unit because the APC and her sponsors have since betrayed the people.

Addressing a cross section of Rivers people at the state’s New Year Banquet in Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday night, Governor Wike said: “If elections are conducted ten times in Rivers State, PDP will win.

“We are waiting for the card reader, but let me see which unit they (APC) will win”.

Governor Wike charged the people of Rivers State to always respect the judiciary irrespective of judgments, noting that the stability of the country depends on the judiciary.

According to him, his administration has respected the full separation of powers, which has led to the independence of the Judiciary and the Legislative Arms of Government.

He expressed happiness that he lived up to his promise to revive the Judiciary after immediate past Governor Chibuike Amaechi closed the courts for two years, pointing out that Amaechi was the first person to take advantage of the revived Judiciary by rushing to court over the Judicial Commission of Inquiry.

The Rivers State Governor said his administration took bank loans to finance projects ,not for politicking as rumored and falsely reported in the media.

The New Year Banquet, the first under Governor Wike’s administration attracted former governors, state and Federal Legislators, National and State party officials and critical stakeholders of Rivers State.

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