- President Buhari said he is disturbed by the exclusion of the Rivers APC from the forthcoming elections
- The Supreme Court had upheld the judgement barring the APC from fielding candidates in Rivers
- Reacting, President Buhari expressed sadness over the court’s decision but said he had to respect the court ruling
President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the exclusion of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state from the forthcoming elections, saying he is disturbed by the development.
A high court in Rivers had barred the party from conducting primaries to nominate candidates to represent the party in the elections.
The high court judgement was based on a suit filed by the Rivers APC faction led by Magnus Abe, a serving senator who was also interested in the party’s governorship ticket.
Senator Abe had asked the court to annul the congresses and primaries which the rival faction conducted.
Subsequently, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), relying on the judgement, refused to enlist candidates of the party for the governorship, national and state assembly elections.
The faction headed by Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, had challenged the decision of appeal court at the Supreme Court barring the
The apex court on Tuesday, February 12, however, dismissed the appeal filed by the APC faction.
Reacting to the development at an APC campaign rally, The Cable reports that President Buhari expressed sadness over the court’s decision but said he had to respect the institutions “that I inherited.”
The president reportedly assured his audience that he would ensure justice “is done in this country.”
He said: “I am very disturbed by the decision that we are not allowed to participate in some of the processes. I have no doubt that I got elected but I have to respect the institutions that I inherited.
“I assure you and I recommend that you remain patient and resolute. We will ensure that justice is done in this country.”
The president promised that there would be security to ensure that Rivers people go to the polls without fear and intimidation.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that four persons on Tuesday, February 12, allegedly lost their lives at the APC presidential rally held in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
Scores of persons also reportedly sustained various degrees of injuries and have been evacuated to hospital for treatment, our correspondent learnt.
A witness account said that the victims were trapped at the exit gate of Adoki Amasiemeka Stadium as they tried to walk out of the stadium.
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