Court of Appeal rules against Delta APC candidates

Court of Appeal rules against Delta APC candidates

- The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City rules that until the substantive case of the authentic congress of the APC is determined, the Delta state chapter of the party has no reason and cannot present names of candidates for the forthcoming general elections

- Chief Cyril Ogodo, state chairman of the APC, explains that the implication of the ruling is that the APC has no candidate in the coming election in the state until the suit is determined by the courts

- However, the factional chairman of the APC in Delta state, Prophet Jones Erue, says the court ruling is an opportunity for the party to be strengthened ahead of the coming polls

The Delta state chapter of the APC has been rattled by a ruling by the Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City which declared that until the substantive case of the authentic congress of the APC is determined, the Delta state chapter of the party has no reason, and cannot present names of candidates for the forthcoming general elections.

Chief Cyril Ogodo, state chairman of the APC told The Independent that the implication of the ruling was that the APC had no candidate in the coming election in the state until the suit is determined by the courts.

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"The implication is that much as it is an unfortunate development, we have to live with the fact that as of today, APC has no candidate in the coming election. Forget what the factional chairman, Jones Erue, told newsmen as a face-saving gimmicks, all the ‘gragra’ has landed us in a terrible mess and APC is on the verge of completely losing the opportunity to field candidates for the polls,”Ogodo said.

“As at today, nobody can parade his or herself as APC candidate for the election. We are back to square one.”

However, the factional chairman of the APC in Delta state, Prophet Jones Erue, has said the court ruling was opportunity for the party to be strengthened ahead of the coming polls.

"Notwithstanding the noble and just outcome, I wish to emphasise that this result only serves as an impetus to refocus and harness the strengths of the party into a formidable organ that all members would be proud of,” he said.

Meanwhile, the duly nominated candidates of the APC in Rivers have threatened that there will be no national, state and governorship elections in the state if INEC fails to relist them.

Henry Odili, APC candidate for Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni-Ahoada/West federal constituency made the assertion at news conference organised by the delisted APC candidates in Port Harcourt on Thursday, January 24, NAN reports.

Legit.ng gathers that Odili said that there was no court order stopping the primary elections that produced them as candidates.

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