The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of plotting to cause a constitutional crisis in Rivers state.
The two main people mentioned in the plot are the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami SAN, and the former governor of Rivers, Rotimi Amaechi, who is the current minister of transport in the federal cabinet.
Backstory: The PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said on Sunday, that the APC members are mounting pressure on the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Mohammed, to reverse the final judgment of the Supreme Court which was made on February 12, 2019.
- The court had upheld the verdict of the lower court that excluded the APC from participating in the National Assembly, Governorship and State Assembly Elections in Rivers State after the party’s flawed primaries in the state were nullified.
- “Not done with the desperation to cause confusion and crisis in Rivers state, the leader of the APC in the state; Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, has engaged in fresh conspiracies to subvert the will of the people as expressed at the polls,” Ologbondiyan said.
The accusation: Ologbondiyan said Amaechi has been boasting of having the assurances of the Supreme Court under the leadership of Acting CJN that the court will reverse its final judgment on APC Primaries and create the way for fresh elections in Rivers State, in which the APC will be allowed to participate.
- “If this is allowed to occur, it will also amount to the highest travesty of justice, apart from being a direct abuse of the court process. The Supreme Court is the highest temple of justice in our country and as such must protect itself from all forms of manipulative tendencies of the APC,” Ologbondiyan said.
Bottom Line: These types of accusations are frequently thrown about by politicians and political parties. The PDP did not provide any evidence to back its claim.