- It appears the APC will not be taking part in the forthcoming local government council elections in Rivers state
- This was made known by Isaac Ogbobula the APC caretaker committee chairman on Saturday, January 30
- Ogbobula in a recent interview revealed the major reason why the party is sitting out this election
Ahead of the forthcoming local government council elections in Rivers state, All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the ruling party will not be participating.
Isaac Ogbobula the Caretaker Committee (CTC) chairman made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, January 30 in Port Harcourt.
According to Ogbobula, the state electoral process is faulty because the Rivers Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) membership was flawed.
He alleged that members of RSIEC were card-carrying members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The APC caretaker committee chairman explained that as a result of this the electoral commission cannot conduct a free and fair council election.
While noting that APC is not going to contest to give credit to an illegitimate process, Ogbobula said the party has the backing of the national secretariat.
APC candidate sacked
This development is coming after the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja voided the election of a member of Kogi Assembly, Atule Egbunu.
Egbunu, representing Ibaji constituency, was elected on the platform of the APC in 2020.
While delivering his judgement on Friday, January 29, Justice Inyang Ekwo, ordered that the candidate of the party that came second in the December 5, 2020, by-election, which produced Egbunu, should be inaugurated in place of the sacked APC candidate.
Meanwhile, the Rivers state government has distanced itself from the flyers f Governor Nyesom Wike in Abuja for the 2023 presidential race.
A statement by Paulinus Nsirim, the commissioner for information and communication, stated that the posters were the hand work of mischief-makers who are threatened by Wike’s rising political profile.
According to Nsirim, the Rivers state governor has not informed anyone of his interest in the presidency of this country.