The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressives Congress, Rivers State chapter have both reacted to the judgment of the Supreme Court, upholding the nullification of the primaries of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State.
Victory for democracy – PDP
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement also lauded the apex court for its courage in delivering the landmark judgment.
He stated that the judgement has saved the nation from a serious constitutional crisis that could have marred the 2019 general elections.
He said, “The judgment of the Supreme Court serves as a huge lesson to politicians and political parties, to eschew impunity and always conduct their affairs in a manner that is in tandem with the provision of the law.
“The courage displayed by the Supreme Court in delivering the judgment at this critical time in our national life has also restored the confidence of Nigerians in the institution of the Judiciary and our democratic order.
“The PDP, however, urges its teeming members across the country to continue to work hard in consolidating on the already established victory of our great party in all elections, beginning with next Saturday’s Presidential election.”
We shall be on ballot for the 2019 elections – Rivers APC
The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to the Supreme Court ruling on the Candidacy of Tonye Cole and others.
The party said it was not losing sleep on what was reported from the apex court.
Reacting to the development through a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone, the APC said, “The attention of Rivers State Chapter of All Progressive Congress APC) has been drawn to a myriad of reports making the rounds on the social media giving conflicting, and in some cases, outright mischievous narratives misinterpreting and misrepresenting the pronouncement of the Supreme Court today, Friday, February 8, 2019 on the matter between Ibrahim Umar & 22 Ors vs Rivers APC.
“Whereas the APC is reluctant to join issues with anyone when it concerns matters before the court, however, we believe that the general public deserve to be protected from calculated mischief and misinformation especially those dispensed through the social media and rumours. Therefore, it has become highly necessary to re-state what transpired at the Supreme Court.
“Today, the apex court ruled that, in line with provisions of the Constitution of the APC, the chapter legal adviser at the time the matter commenced, Mr. Chieme Chinweikpe, rightly represented the party directly or through legal appointees of his instead of Mr. Lateef Fagbemi, SAN who was seconded by the legal department of national headquarters of APC. This means that the judgment given by Justice Chiwendu Nworgu was a consent judgment following thereto.
”Irrespective of how we feel about the pronouncement, the Rivers State Chapter of APC has to accept that decision having come from the highest court of the land.
“However, we make haste to state that the decision on legal representation was the only matter the Supreme Court made pronouncement on today. We expect the apex court to rule on the all-important issue of jurisdiction of whether the State High Court of Justice Chiwendu Nworgu was right to delve into what we believe was an internal affairs of the APC with regards to primaries.
“We urge the mainstream media and innocent members of the public to resist the lure of mischievous individuals who are inundating the social media and entire cyberspace with jaundiced versions of today’s Supreme Court ruling or churning out outright fake news with a view to deceiving the public, deluding themselves with short-lived comfort and feathering their nests from their paymasters.
“We are convinced that no harm has been done to the candidacy of our governorship candidate, Pastor Tonye Cole and the others. We believe that, by the grace of God, we shall triumph and ultimately be on the ballot for the 2019 elections.
“We call on the teeming supporters of APC in Rivers State to remain calm as it will surely end in praise. All candidates of APC in Rivers State will be on the ballot and go ahead to win come February 16 and March 2, 2019.”