Market women in Rivers State marched through the major streets of Port Harcourt in protest against the nullification of Governor Nyesom Wike’s election by the governorship election tribunal.
The women, who were carrying placards with various inscriptions in support of Wike, were from various markets in Port Harcourt and other parts of the state.
They marched from Aba Road to Government House before ending up at the state secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Some of the placards read, ‘Wike is the People’s choice’, Ogu/Bolo is behind Wike’, ‘Cancellation of Wike’s election is not justice’, and ‘On Wike, we stand’.
The Organising Secretary of Rivers Market Women Association, Mrs. Evelyn Nweke, told journalists that the women were protesting against the mull of the April 11 governorship election in the state.
She explained that majority of the people in the state voted for Wike, adding the market women were not happy with the ruling of the state Election Petitions Tribunal.
Nweke, who spoke shortly after the protest, stated that while elections in All Progressives Congress (APC)-controlled states were upheld by the court, elections in states where the PDP held sway were cancelled.
She however said: “Despite the ruling, we are happy that Governor Wike is still on seat in Government House. We will not insult the judiciary. Every judge has the right to give whatever decision he likes, but God has the final say.
“We are aware of how the Wike’s administration paid pensioners their pensions after they were owed for months by the immediate past administration. We want peace in Rivers; we are happy with our governor and it is unacceptable to say that elections did not hold in Rivers.”
At the state secretariat of the PDP, the women addressed party officials on their grievances.
In his response, the state PDP Deputy Chairman, Mr. Monwan Etete, thanked the market women for making their protest a peaceful one, adding that the party was also worried over the ruling of the tribunal.
Etete expressed optimism that the Appeal Court would look into the position of the party and upturn the ruling by the lower court.
He said: “It is only mothers and good women that can demonstrate peacefully the way you did today. We as a party are not also happy about the judgment of the court, but we believe that with our appeal, the decision of the court would be upturned in our favour.”