By Grace Chigbu
Tonye Cole, the Rivers State All Progressives Congress (APC) 2023 governorship candidate, reaffirmed his commitment on Monday night to pursue his petition challenging the outcome of the March 18, 2023 governorship election in Rivers State. Despite rumors circulating about the withdrawal of the APC from the petition against the victory of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Similiayi Fubara, as the Rivers Governor-elect at the tribunal in Abuja, Cole took to his social media handles to denounce these false claims and assure his supporters of his unwavering determination to seek justice.
In a statement posted on his social media accounts, Cole addressed the reports circulating about the alleged withdrawal of the APC from the election petition. He stated, “I formally denounce the false rumors that have been circulating regarding our petition against the results from the Rivers State governorship election. I assure you that our petition remains firm, and we will not waiver in our pursuit of justice.”
Emphasizing his commitment to fighting for what he believes is right, Cole expressed his dedication to ensuring that his voice and the voices of his supporters are heard. Despite facing attempts to undermine their efforts, Cole declared that he and his team are working tirelessly to ensure justice prevails. He stated, “Despite attempts to undermine our efforts, I want to emphasize that we are working tirelessly to ensure that our voices are heard. We remain undeterred and resolute in our efforts to fight for what is right until justice is served.”
The Rivers State governorship election held on March 18, 2023, was a highly contested race between Tonye Cole of the APC and Similiayi Fubara of the PDP. Following the announcement of Fubara as the winner of the election, Cole and the APC filed a petition challenging the outcome, citing irregularities and electoral malpractices.
The reported withdrawal of the APC from the petition had sparked speculations and raised questions about the party’s commitment to pursuing legal action. However, Cole’s recent statement serves to dispel these rumors and reassure his supporters that the petition remains steadfast.
Political analysts suggest that the decision to challenge the election results indicates Cole’s determination to exhaust all legal avenues to seek justice. By publicly reiterating his commitment to pursuing the petition, Cole aims to maintain the confidence and support of his followers, as well as send a strong message that he will not back down in his fight for what he believes is a fair and just outcome.
The Rivers State governorship election petition tribunal in Abuja is responsible for adjudicating on the matters raised by Cole and the APC. The tribunal serves as a legal forum where evidence and arguments are presented by both parties, and a decision will be reached based on the merits of the case.
While the legal process can be time-consuming and complex, Cole’s determination to see the petition through to a logical conclusion indicates his confidence in the strength of his case. The outcome of the tribunal’s decision will not only impact the governorship of Rivers State but also set a precedent for future electoral disputes in the region.
As the legal proceedings unfold, all eyes will be on the tribunal in Abuja, awaiting the decision that will determine the fate of the March 18, 2023, governorship election in Rivers State. Tonye Cole’s unwavering resolve to pursue the petition serves as a testament to his belief in the pursuit of justice and the determination to address any perceived irregularities in the electoral process.
In the coming weeks and months, the Rivers State All Progressives Congress and its supporters will closely follow the developments in the tribunal and eagerly anticipate the resolution of the election dispute. The outcome of this case will undoubtedly have significant implications for the political landscape of Rivers State and may shape the future of electoral processes in the region.