- The APC says that there is no court ruling stopping it from taking part in the forthcoming River state elections
- The party argues that from the rulings on Rivers state elections case so far, INEC has an obligation to include the party’s name on the ballot papers
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state has insisted that it will take party in the forthcoming general elections in the state despite a Supreme Court ruling reportedly barring the party from contesting in the elections.
The apex court had earlier dismissed an appeal filed by the APC challenging the judgment of a high court in Port Harcourt barring the party from taking part in the elections.
But the APC in a statement on Thursday, February 14, argued that there was no judgement from the Supreme Court or any other court preventing it from being included on the ballot paper for the Rivers elections, Premium Times reports.
The APC said from the rulings on the case so far, INEC has an obligation to include the party’s name on the ballot papers.
“After a meeting of the State Working Committee of our party in the State today in which we meticulously deliberated on the recent court rulings of various courts especially the decision of the Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt yesterday to further re-affirm two earlier orders that stayed the execution of the judgments of the lower court, our conclusion is that the APC and it’s candidates will now, most certainly, be on the ballot this Saturday,
“No order or judgment given since, including orders given by the Supreme Court on both jurisdiction and representation have said otherwise,” the party said in the statement signed by Chris Finebone, the party’s spokesperson in the state.
Meanwhile, 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.
The apex court on Tuesday, February 12, dismissed the appeal filed by APC challenging a court decision to bar it from the polls .
The president reportedly assured his audience that he would ensure justice is done in the country.
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