- Chief Andrew Uchendu, the senator representing Rivers south east in the National Assembly, reacts to ruling by the Federal High Court
- Senator Uchendu expresses hope that he will be returned as the candidate of the APC by the appeal court
- The senator says it is not new to have a court bar INEC from recognising candidates of a political party
The senator representing Rivers south east in the National Assembly, Chief Andrew Uchendu, on Tuesday, January 8, urged his followers in the state to remain calm, following the court judgment that nullified his candidature.
Vanguard reports that the senator on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) made the call in a statement signed by his media aide, Solomon Okocha, in Port Harcourt.
The report said Uchendu described the judgment as `nothing new and strange’.
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According to him, such orders had earlier been granted by a state High Court.
“That a Federal High Court said it has restrained the INEC from recognising candidates of APC in Rivers for the 2019 general elections is to me not strange at all.
“The news in this judgment is that, the same court said the direct primaries claimed to have been held by the other faction was illegal because APC did not conduct it,” he said.
The senator said he was optimistic that the judgment of the Federal High Court would be upturned as he argued that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC supervised the indirect primaries that produced him as a candidate.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) said it is studying a ruling by the Federal High Court restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognising any of its candidates for the forthcoming general elections in Rivers.
The report said that Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC national publicity secretary, stated this while reacting to the development on Monday in Abuja.
The spokesperson of the APC said that the party would make its decision on the ruling known to Nigerians soon.
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However, the Rivers branch of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said it is rejected the ruling of a Federal High Court, sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers, barring the party from presenting candidates in any of the positions being vied for in the 2019 election in the state.
The state chapter of the party also declared that it would appeal the judgement of the court disclosing that it had given instructions to its lawyers in relation to its decision.
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