Lagos - The All Progressives Congress has welcomed the
position of the Rivers State Elections Tribunal on poll outcomes that the party
Chris Finebone, Rivers APC spokesperson, said it was now
common knowledge that the APC had a string of favourable rulings at all the
election petition tribunals sitting at Abuja.
“From the matter of locational jurisdiction of the panels
to the now vexed issue of 21 days notice to INEC for party primaries, the APC
candidates all got positive rulings,” he said.
He said it was of immense significance to point out, at
this juncture, that about a fortnight ago, one of the tribunals ruled that the
petitions of Dr Dawari George and Hon. Lucky Odili did not meet the time
requirement as specified in the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, an otherwise
“Following this ruling, the Rivers State Chapter of the
PDP went on air to announce that same rulings awaited all petitions by APC
candidates before the various tribunals,” said Finebone.
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“Today, the APC is glad to state that the particular
tribunal that handed that ruling on the matters of George and Odili, having
realised the grave error it committed with those rulings, now ruled that the
issue at stake was actually a pre-election matter and therefore dismissed the
objection of Betty Apiafi in the matter of Ahoada East/Abual Odua Federal
Constituency involving Hon(Mrs) Betty Apiafi and APC Candidate, Hon.Robinson
According to the spokesperson, the tribunal maintained
that matters regarding errors during primaries were pre-election matters, and
therefore the tribunal was not constituted to look into such matters, but
disputes arising from the conduct of the election.
“The Tribunal must have also taken advantage of a recent
Kwara State appeal court ruling that all such matters are pre-election issues
that are not within the scope of work before election tribunals,” added
Finebone said recent rulings meant none of the petitions
of the APC candidates in Rivers State is in danger of disqualification on the
basis of such a pre-election requirement at the tribunals.
Most importantly, he said, it confirmed that the ruling
on the matter reserved for Wednesday with regard to the motion by Governor
Nyesom Wike and the PDP against Dr Dakuku Peterside and the APC was likely to
suffer a dismissal as no proper ruling on same matter under same circumstances
can go in a different direction.
Again, Finebone said, it served notice that George and
Odili will have the rulings on their matter reversed as the appeals have
already been filed.
“The APC would like to appeal to our leaders and members
to continue to remain steadfast in our determination to reclaim our individual
and collective mandates taken away by the Philistines of our time who are
already plundering our commonwealth while threatening us with violence,” Finebone concluded.
- CAJ News