Two major political parties in Rivers State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have disagreed over a judgement delivered by the Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt. The Appeal Court had in its jugdement ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to carry out ajudgment of a Federal High Court, which instructed INEC to delist names of APC candidates from the ballot papers as well as the party’s logo in the 2019 elections.
However, the Rivers State chapter of the PDP yesterday declared that its candidates would carry the day despite the Court of Appeal stay of Execution order. The state Chairman of the PDP, Felix Obuah described as “laughable the jubilation by some section of ignorant APC members,” saying that the ruling was not a judgment, but merely a stay, pending the determination of the substantive case. “It is not yet Uhuru for APC, so our humble advice is for them not to jubilate as the end result might be suicidal considering the plethora of cases before the Appeal Court and the Supreme Court respectively,” he stated.
Obuah added that the ruling did not also give any express directive to the INEC to relist APC candidates, because, according to him, INEC did not file any paper before the appellate court.
The APC on the other hand said that its candidates would now focus on the elections, because their names will now appear on the ballot papers. Meanwhile, the spokesman of the party’s leader, Rotimi Amaechi, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze said: “The Appeal Court ruled Monday to restore the rights of candidates on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State to contest this year’s general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been charged to obey the courts and list names the party’s candidates immediately.
“I am elated that the ruling added faith to all my statements, through which I have continued to maintain that Rivers State APC will surely participate in the elections and will win to reclaim the state from the hands of those who prefer to spread darkness over a state so blessed by God.
“The next line of action now is for the leadership of our great party to set the motion in play and mobilise all our structures to go into the fields in every nook and cranny of the state, spread the news of hope and development for our state