We Fought A Good Fight, Peterside Tells Supporters

Director General, NIMASA

By Dipo Awojobi – The Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the April 11, 2015 in Rivers State, Mr. Dakuku Adol Peterside has said that he fought a good fight in the whole electoral process.

APC governorship candidate in Rivers in the last election.
APC governorship candidate in Rivers in the last election.

Peterside was reacting to Wednesday verdict of the Supreme Court which upheld the election of Gov. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, as the duly elected governor of Rivers State.

In a statement made available to News Investigators, the APC candidate said, ‘This decision marks the culmination of a legal battle we instituted not merely because we want power for its sake; but against the virus of electoral violence that often thwarts the will of the people’.

Peterside however, stressed that the decision was a departure from the earlier findings of the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal, which had both agreed with us that the conduct of the April 11, 2015 elections failed to comply substantially with the requirements of the Electoral Act.

“My associates and I are grateful to God for directing us to pursue
justice in the courts rather than resort to self-help.

“We magnify our God for giving us the will and the support of Rivers people to
maintain the legal battle. As a people who believe in the law, we fought a good fight; we won some of the legal battles along the way. For this we thank our legal team for the diligence with which they conducted the case.

“Nevertheless, the Supreme Court has differed from our position. Still,
we thank God for giving us the stoicism to accept the verdict. Indeed,
our God deserves praise for reminding us that as His children we should respect and honour even our earthly authorities. It is a further reminder that His will is best in all things for His glory and the greater good of humanity,” he said.

He thanked Nigerians, especially Rivers people, who he said have stood by him
during this legal odyssey spanning approximately 10 months, and urged
“all our supporters to take a cue from us in accepting this verdict,
without more. We invoke in you the spirit of stoicism and compassion.
Even if you are taunted by people who do not understand the ways of
God, keep calm and be motivated by the greater good in all your

The politician declared that his decision to serve Rivers State was borne out of a passion to uplift the people; clothe them with dignity on the twin planks of
social and economic prosperity.

He added: “We anchored this promise on the platform of unity. Consequently, we never ceased to remind ourselves
that we are GREATER TOGETHER. A Supreme Court verdict that goes
against our prayer is a veritable opportunity to demonstrate how
dearly we hold the greater together creed.

“Consequently, we shall do our best to work for the peace and development of Rivers State and all who reside in it. We shall creatively offer our help to Governor Nyesom Wike. We will provide a virile opposition, serving as a mirror for the conscience of government, in the interest of Rivers people. When encouragement is needed towards a just and proper course of dealings, we will offer our commendation to the government. Conversely, we will constructively express objection to policies and actions we consider inimical to the overall interest of Rivers people. It is our hope that Governor Wike and his team will appreciate the suggestions and proposals that would
be made in the interest of Rivers people. If we sometimes sound
strident, he should pay heed to the message of passionate and zealous
Rivers people rather than dismiss the messenger.”

He however, stated that he might have accepted the Supreme Court verdict, but that it would be remiss of him not to point out that this is also an opportunity for the people to engage in deep introspection on the electoral process.

“Beyond party affiliation, must we continue to allow the electoral
process to be subject to the whims and caprices of anti-democratic elements, especially those who deploy personal militia to molest and even kill voters; those who hold the electoral umpire captive or compromised; and thus generally prevent electoral outcomes reflective of the will of the voters, as envisaged by law?

“It is understandable that an attitude of cynical expediency in some politicians may inevitably conclude that “the end justifies the means”. However, those who are governed by such a cynical mentality need to be reminded that a huge moral burden would perpetually sour such temporary “victories”.

“Like the myth of Sisyphus, it is surely a backward slide in our political evolution. Let us think deeply please,” he stated.


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