- The APC in Rivers still faces the challenge of a governorship candidacy in the state
- Senator Magnus Abe and Tonye Cole are currently in court over who the right candidate of the party should be
- Abe says the appeal court ruling in favour of the APC in the state should not be misunderstood to mean that INEC should receive the party's list
Despite an Appeal Court ruling asking the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to feature the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers in the next governorship election, the party is still without a flag bearer for the exercise.
Legit.ng understands that the candidacy of the APC in the state is still being challenged at a court just weeks to the election.
Senator Magnus Abe, a member of the National Assembly representing Rivers south east, who is battling Tonye Cole for the position of governorship candidate of the party in the state, argues that the appeal court ruling did not ask INEC to accept APC candidates list from the state.
Cole has the support of the former governor of the state, Rotimi Amaechi, who is the current minister of transportation.
Abe, who expressed happiness over the ruling from the appeal court and called it a welcome development, said: “The facts are simple and sacred. A faction of the party led by the minister of transportation and the DG of the presidential campaign conducted congresses and indirect primaries in clear and open violation of the orders of a court of competent jurisdiction. This was done in the full glare of the entire country.
“What Nigerians are witnessing now is a desperate attempt to reverse the law to get the President to raise the hand of candidates that the law has said does not exist.
“The president’s decision to abide strictly to the correct legal position is the reason for the current pressure on the Judiciary.
“That issue is the subject of series of pending litigations before Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.
“The main issue that must now agitate the minds of Nigerians is the position of the Supreme Court on the matter moving forward. Will the Supreme Court turn around to tell Nigerians that its former position on the consequences of disobedience to the orders of the courts no longer holds?
“Or can the court of appeal now overturn an existing judgment of the Supreme Court?
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“The indirect primaries did not hold by law, but the APC conducted a valid, and lawful direct primaries that clearly puts the APC on the ballot without legal entanglements.
“Let me assure all lovers of justice that a change of the judges does not automatically translate into a change of the law. Therefore, we should all remain calm. The struggle for justice in the party will continue until victory is achieved,” Abe said in a statement in reaction to the ruling.
Legit.ng earlier reported that a Federal High Court in Abuja recently accepted a lawsuit filed against Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by one Elvis Chinda.
The suit marked FHC / ABJ / CS /1430/3018 is claiming that the birth certificate of Governor Wike was forged and as such, he should be disqualified from contesting in the March 2, 2019 gubernatorial poll.
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