The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone elections in the state.
Backstory: This comes as the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, dismissed the joinder application by the All Progressives Ground Alliance (APGA) on Thursday, Feb 7th, in the case between the APC, factions of Tonye Cole, Sen. Magnus Abe and 42 other candidates over a prior Federal High Court ruling.
The appeal panel led by Justice Ali Gumel, in dismissing the application, maintained that the party seeking to be joined failed to provide sufficient legal interest in the matter it wished to join.
INEC had previously disqualified the APC from contesting in the election over the crisis which affected its primaries, and a day earlier, on Wednesday, Feb. 6th, Barrister Festus Okoye, the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Voter Education and Publicity, said that the commission will not field any candidate from APC.
Okoye said this at an interactive meeting with journalists. He mentioned that the position of the commission has not changed in respect of Rivers for the National Assembly and governorship elections.
He said, “What the commission has done is that the commission has taken a position in relation to the issue of Rivers. If anything changes, we will meet as a commission and also take a decision.”
Supreme Court also deals big blow to APC: Similarly, the Supreme Court also upheld the judgement of the High court in Port Harcourt nullifying the primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State.
Bottom Line: The APC Director of Strategic Communications for the Tonye Cole Campaign, Prince Tonye T.J.T Princewill has waved off the possibility of elections holding in Rivers state without the APC and its candidates, saying that it “would be an exercise in futility.” The party is making empty boasts, the courts have rules, INEC says it will obey. End of story.