(By Iheanyi Ezinwo)-As the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State move to appeal the Federal High Court decision on Monday excluding its candidates from the forthcoming February and March 2019 elections in Nigeria, a university don, Prof. Chituru Orluwene, has said that the effort will only help the party to buy time, but that that it will change nothing at the end of the day.
Speaking with Notable Outcome in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Prof. Orluwene, who is Governor Nyesom Wike’s personal physician, reasoned that no other judgment will deviate from an earlier judgment of the Supreme Court on the matter.
“ So what I see that River APC wants to do is to buy time and make sure that the name of their candidate is on the ballot, and if the name is on the ballot, that will give them the locus to stand for election and carry out the plan they have for the election”, he said, while describing the judgment on Monday as a demonstration of the rule of law, evidence that the judiciary has refused to succumb to the over bearing influence of the executive, unlike other institutions in Nigeria that have been cowed.
Responding to a question, the physician said that the APC in Rivers State has the constitutional right to go on appeal if they wish, and that no body will stop them. Recalling how the Supreme Court reprimanded the Appeal Court for granting a waiver to Rivers APC to go ahead to conduct the congress and also upheld decision of the High Court stopping the congress until there is a decision on the substantive matter, Prof. Orluwene noted that the party failed to hold the repeat congress as directed by the Supreme Court and based their primary on the illegal congress.
Responding to a question, Wike’s personal physician advised Rivers people to remain calm and law abiding as usual, hinting that, from the High Court’s judgment on Monday, that APC in Rivers State do not stand any chance and would not field any candidate in the election.
He further explained that Rivers State has a governor who has performed so well- with projects scattered across the 23 local government areas of the state, adding that another four years for Wike will enable him to execute more projects with his winning team for the good of Rivers people.
The university don believe that the governor’s score card in the first four years is something every body is applauding both locally and globally, just as he argued that Wike has the constitutional right to seek re-election.