President Muhammadu Buhari has said he is “very disturbed” by the ruling of the Supreme Court, which has barred the All Progressives Congress (APC), from fielding candidates in the general elections in Rivers State.
Speaking at the APC Presidential rally in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Buhari promised to respect the institutions of the country.
“I am very very disturbed that we are not allowed to field candidates in some of our elections. I have no doubt I got elected but I have to respect the institutions that I inherited.
“I assure you and I appeal to you that you should be patient because we are going to ensure that justice is done in this country,” he said.
Speaking at the same event, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, made it clear that the party members are ready to face the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at the Saturday’s Presidential election.
Amaechi insisted the party supporters were not discouraged by the ruling of the Supreme Court.
He also accused the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, of influencing a High Court judgment against the APC in the state.
“Whatever Wike wants on Saturday, we will give him. Whatever the PDP wants in Rivers State, we are equal to the task. It’s as simple as that. It gets to a stage where a man must be a man. Your Excellency, I’m not going to Abuja anymore. I am here from today till (Election Day).
“In 2015, the army tried to arrest me as a sitting governor. You have a governor who is busy lobbying us, trying to negotiate with us, ‘Let us give you presidency, you give me governor.’ He is afraid. We will battle him to the last. On Saturday, they should get ready.
“The support we want is that the President should just thank us when we finish. We are ready for them. They used federal and state institutions against us. They kill our people, APC people, every day; cut off their necks every day.
“Wike was my chief of staff. I made him chairman of council. I nominated him as a minister. When he saw Goodluck, he betrayed me. I have been betrayed serially, including senators. After you finish helping them, after praying for them, they go and betray you for a pot of porridge. Saturday is our day,” Amaechi said.