President Muhammadu Buhari all but conceded defeat of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Rivers State, having been rendered near helpless by a Supreme Court judgment which effectively shoved the party out of the governorship race, as well as National and State Assembly elections.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the country’s main opposition party, governs Rivers State whose helmsman is an established critic of incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari’s disposition was made manifest during the APC mega rally in Rivers State on Tuesday. While bemoaning the party’s loss at the courts, he alluded to the need to respect institutions of the state.
The President said, “I am very disturbed by the decision that we are not allowed to participate in some of the processes. I have no doubt that I got elected but I have to respect the institutions that I inherited. I assure you and I recommend that you remain patient and resolute. We will ensure that justice is done in this country.”
Buhari, who asked party members to “bear with him” expressed confidence that the several policy initiatives of the administration were yielding results. He also reiterated his government’s commitment to fighting corruption and securing the country’s territorial integrity.