- The Rivers state chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress has reacted to the recent court judgment sacking all its candidates
- The leadership of the APC in the state described the judgement as another ploy to stop the party from participating in the 2023 general election in Rivers
- While the leadership of the party noted that the judgement was dead on arrival, some members had during the primaries alleged exclusion and made their grievances known through protest
The Rivers state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), has stated that it would not be discouraged by the court judgement sacking all its candidates in the 2023 general elections.
A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, on Tuesday, October 25, annulled the primary elections that produced candidates of the APC for elective offices in the state.
We’ll not be discouraged, Rivers APC maintain
However, the chairman of the APC in the state, Emeka Beke, while reacting to the court judgement, enjoined members of the party not to lose hope in the move to take over leadership of the state, Vanguard reported.
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Beke said the party is prepared to follow the matter to its logical conclusion, adding that Appeal Court would correct the injustice handed the APC.
“We are calling on our supporter to remain calm and focused. This judgement naturally will not hold waters. We urge our members to remain focused because we are ready to pursue it to the logical conclusion. Nobody will deny us victory in 2023 election.”
Rivers APC reveals next line of action
He vowed that the party would not allow a repeat of what happened in 2019, where court’s decision made the party not to have candidates in the state, The Punch added.
Beke wondered why the court would give judgement to the plaintiffs, who according to him, were not part of the process, adding that the judgement was a mere distraction.
Rivers APC crisis heightens as Senator Magnus Abe dumps party
Meanwhile, Legit.ng recalls that the crisis in the Rivers APC made Senator Magnus Abe leave the party.
The former lawmaker made his decision known on Wednesday, July 20, via a statement issued by his spokesperson, Parry Benson. Senator Abe, however, noted his undoubted loyalty to the party's presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, stating that he will remain loyal and supportive of his course to becoming the president of Nigeria in 2023.
Abe went on to pick the governorship ticket of the SDP in Rivers state.
2023 election: PDP loses thousands of members to APC in a powerful northern state
In another development, PDP members in their hundreds have joined the APC in Sokoto state, expressing commitment to work for the victory of the broom party in the 2023 poll.
The defection is coming a few months before the 2023 general elections in a state considered to be one of the strongholds of the umbrella party.
The APC made the disclosure in a statement signed by Bashar Abubakar, the special adviser to Senator Aliyu Wamako, APC Sokoto north.