- The All Progressives Congress in Rivers says the Independent National Electoral Commission will have to repeat 2019 elections in the state if the party is excluded from the exercise
- The party asked the commission to ensure its inclusion on the ballot for all elections in the state
- According to the party, contempt proceedings have been served on INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu
The Independent National Electoral Commission has been asked to ensure the inclusion of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state on the ballot for all elections in the state.
The Rivers state chapter of the APC, which made the call, said if INEC fails to make the inclusion, the commission would have to repeat the exercise in the state, Vanguard reports.
Legit.ng gathers that contempt proceedings have been served on chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu.
In a statement by the director, strategic communications for the Tonye Cole Campaign Organisation, Prince Tonye TJT Princewill, APC said: “He is to appear in court to explain why he should not be sent to jail for disobeying subsisting court orders and excluding APC in Rivers state.
According to the party, “proceedings were served yesterday because INEC has shown us that it is no longer independent. How else can you explain the speed they acted after a judgement by Omotosho that said we should not only be removed from the ballot, but we should also be barred from campaigning? People should learn to fear God.
“Now, that same Omotosho’s order has been stayed, yet two weeks later, we’re still waiting for our rights to be restored and INEC is comfortable that it has not been given to us. To make matters worse, the Supreme Court, last week, threw out the appeal against the stay judgement. So, what is still holding INEC?
"They cannot exclude us. But if they do, they will face the legal consequences. We can either do this election once or they will conduct it twice. The law is on our side.”
The APC called on the people of Rivers state to exercise their franchise during the presidential election in the state.
The party said: “Do not be distracted by INEC. If they do not put us on the ballot, that election will be repeated. It will not be an election. But the Presidential election is not in doubt. All states must put in their quota towards victory. That includes us too here in Rivers state.
“It will be recalled that despite several pleas and multiple court orders, INEC has continued to stay mute on the matter of Rivers state, offering no details as to why the numerous judgements in favour of the APC have not been abided by, whereas judgements in favour of the PDP are more readily attended to. It appears that forces unseen have an interest in not seeing APC in Rivers state thrive. This, no doubt, is not the end of the matter."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state insisted that it would 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.
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