Apparently speaking in anger at a press conference on Friday evening (February 14, 2020) after the swearing-in of Senator Duoye Diri in Yenagoa, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole insisted that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) got it wrong by giving the Certificate of Return to the Governor.
Oshiomhole claimed that the Supreme Court did not ask INEC to nullify or to declare the votes cast in favour of APC as wasted.
“If it were the intention of the Supreme Court to nullify or to declare the votes cast in favour of APC as wasted, the Supreme Court should have said so. INEC cannot import into the judgment or delete anything in judgment. We have of course recognised that having now purported to have issued Certificate of Return to the PDP, we still believe that there are viable legal windows that we will explore.
“We still affirm our confidence in the judiciary even with the pains in our hearts because we still recognize that in a democracy, we just can have judiciary that gives judgment that sometimes you are happy with and some other times you are not happy.
“What we quarrel with today is not the judgment of Supreme Court. What we got aggrieved with is the attempt by INEC to constitute itself into a Court and appropriate judicial powers which the Constitution of Nigeria never vested in INEC.
“So we want to put the people of Nigeria on notice and in particular our people in Bayelsa to maintain the peace. We will however sustain the legal processes to ensure that nobody hides under any judicial power to impose minority votes in Bayelsa State. Democracy is a game of numbers.
“It could not have been the intention of the Supreme Court that the man who did not have the spread be sworn-in as a Governor. That was why the Supreme Court made that conditional provision and INEC came in now and declared somebody that did not meet that condition.
“INEC itself is in contempt of the decision of the Supreme Court. We are going to do everything to deploy every legal means to upturn the imposition by INEC that intends to weaken and destroy the fabrics of democracy. Briefly put, we are going to Court and we will seek legal redress,” Oshiomhole said.
Reacting to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, who cautioned him not to bring violence to the Niger Delta, the APC Chief said the Rivers State Governor had the history of election violence.
“Between me and my friend who has the history of violence, don’t you know how many lives you have wasted that we have read on papers? Where was the police and military officers beheaded? it is in Rivers, who was the great winner of that election violence, was it not Wike? So if he is the one talking about violence, when did the tortoise begin to challenge the antelope (to a) race?
“Governor Dickson, who accepted defeat in Bayelsa election, accused him of anti-party activity and I know he wants to use me to regain his lost membership of PDP,” Oshiomhole said.