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Laogs - The All Progressives Congress (APC) accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of misinforming the public that the May 23 council polls scheduled for Rivers State had been shelved.
APC thus denied the lower court had granted an injunctive order against the Independent National Electoral Commission or any other party ahead of the poll.
The PDP had approached a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt for an order to stop the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) from releasing updated voters’ register to RSIEC for the conduct of the May 23 local government council elections in Rivers State.
However, Justice Lambo Akanbi adjourned the matter after hearing from counsel to Rivers State government and RSIEC, Beluolisa Nwofor, who informed the court that he had entered an appeal at the Court of Appeal challenging the jurisdiction of the court to handle the matter and the motion on notice to restrain further injunctions and/or proceedings on the matter, APC said.
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“What that simply means is that PDP has started nothing until the appeal court determines whether the lower court has jurisdiction to entertain the matter in question or not. It also means that there is nothing restraining the INEC, RSIEC and other parties from proceeding on their course of action prior to PDP initiating any court action on the matter,” APC Rivers spokesperson, Chris Finebone, said.
However, said Finebone, the APC viewed with disdain the attempts by both the PDP and its counsel, Emma Aguma to misinform the public that the lower court has granted an injunctive order against the INEC or any other party.
“The respected judge of the lower court simply washed his hands off the matter until the matter of jurisdiction of his court is determined by the appeal court. Nothing more! Many a Rivers man will now understand why the likes of Emma Aguma, despite years of practice, the honourable Senior Advocate of Nigeria [SAN] title has eternally eluded him,” Finebone said.
He said his actions over the subject matter, Aguma had shown that he was “a dishonest friend of the court.”
“The APC would like to appeal to its numerous leaders and members to continue with their preparations for the May 23 council polls and not be distracted by the antics of PDP members and their cohorts who are shying away from being exposed as incapable of winning any well-organised elections as they lack the number and credibility in the eyes of good people of Rivers State.”
Comment could not be obtained from PDP and its legal counsel.