Lagos - The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged winning candidates in the disputed local elections to disregard the rulings of the courts nullifying their election.
Justice Lambo Akanbi the Federal High Court has nullified the local government elections held on May 23 much to the disappointment of the APC.
“As a law-abiding party, the APC would like to appeal to the elected Chairmen, Councillors and its numerous members across Rivers State to disregard any ruling of any court other than that of the Court of Appeal which will sit on October 12, 2015 of which notice of hearing has been served on all parties,” Chris Finebone, APC State Publicity Secretary, said.
“Moreso, APC is not bound by the court ruling handed down today (Thursday) by Justice Akanbi because APC duly applied to join in the matter and when the learned Justice refused the joiner application, the party proceeded to appeal that refusal, an appeal that is still pending at the Court of Appeal.”
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Finebone querried why Justice Akanbi could not wait for the Court of Appeal ruling on the APC application before proceeding with the matter.
“Therefore, the APC will wait and abide by the decision of the Court of Appeal, in line with the earlier Order of Justice Akanbi himself that the matter can only be reopened after it has been dispensed with by the Court of Appeal which has already served all parties notice of hearing.”
On Thursday, the Federal High Court said the decision of the administration of former Governor Chibuike Amaechi to go ahead with the conduct of the council election in spite of a court order asking all parties to maintain status quo, was a flagrant abuse of court process and disregard for rule of law.
- CAJ News