Aggrieved APC Candidates Criticize Rotimi Amaechi Over Bycott Of Rivers Council Polls
Aggrieved members of All Progressives Congress (APC) loyal to Magnus Abe have lambasted the Minister of Transportation and leader of the party in Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, for writing to the State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC), that the APC will not participate in today’s election. The Abe faction had conducted primaries for the Local Councils elections and the chairmanship and councillorship candidates emerged, hoping to be elected at the polls before the Supreme Court disqualified their faction and authenticated the Isaac Ogbobula camp which is loyal to Amaechi.
The aggrieved APC members, while speaking yesterday in Port Harcourt, described the action of the minister as unfortunate, stressing that the unfavourable development came up after they had perfected all that were required by INEC for today’s election.
One of the meant applicants for today’s election, Ilamabo Mirilla, who spoke on behalf of others, alleged that the minister does now not mean properly for the birthday celebration.
He stated the latest judgment of the Supreme Court, which authenticated the legality of Amaechi’s camp’s govt, did no longer announce their disqualification from the poll.
He stated, the unfortunate impressions that had emerged due to the fact 2015, after they had been told to withdraw from election till the existing withdrawal from collaborating in the council poll, confirmed APC “is mortally afraid for competitive politics and electoral fight, that is the purpose, inside the first location, for establishing political parties. This, absolute confidence, will hurt the celebration electorally in the upcoming elections if extreme steps are not taken”.
Mirilla said: “As law abiding citizens and devoted of the All Progressives Congress, Rivers State, we observed due manner, received and filled out and submitted the Nomination Forms and paid all of the prescribed dues and levies and we’re cleared to contest and participate inside the Local Government Elections scheduled for day after today (referring Saturday), April 17. All files of our managing RSIEC to that effect are to be had in proof of that truth.
“In the letter, the Minister and the party stated that the celebration might now not be fielding applicants for the stated nearby authorities elections. The letter States that they were pronouncing so pursuant to the February Supreme Court judgement, which declared that they had been the genuine Exco of the celebration. Based on that, the RSIEC decided that no vote forged for the APC must rely.
“For a party that has no longer gained any most important election when you consider that its founding within the kingdom, and, in fact, did no longer take part inside the 2019 trendy elections, the writing to RSIEC to forestall us is pointer to a deeper political malaise in our cherished birthday party, which malaise, if no longer excised, will spell doom for the birthday party quickly”.[NewsNaira]