The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress(APC) may be in a fix as the party may not field candidates but the party said today it is not in any fix.
Hopes to present a governorship candidate in this year’s general election faded further on Wednesday as Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, struck out the appeal by APC in the state, challenging the decision of the state high court, which annulled its ward, local government and state congresses.
As court after court deals blows to the party’s hopes of wresting power from PDP’s Nyesom Wike who is fighting them seriously from the judiciary, the APC said there is no cause for alarm. A statement from Chris Fineface said: “Pls be informed that our appeal of the federal high court judgment and our accompanying Stay of Execution application are yet to be heard. Today’s matter was same matter that was earlier dismissed by the appeal court on account of being time-barred. Necessary rectifications were done and the appeal refilled but unfortunately struck out today.
“However, all other matters/appeals including the Stay of Execution of the federal high court judgment will still come up for hearing. This is to correct the erroneous impression that all windows for APC to present candidates for the 2019 elections have been shut. Far from it! All party faithful should remain calm and prayerful as ultimate victory shall be ours by the grace of Almighty God.”
Spokesman for the Tonye Cole Campaign Organisation, Chief Ogbonna Nwuke said in a statement issued Wednesday night that the APC was yet to receive a briefing relating to what transpired from its lawyers.
He however said that the party has not exhausted all avenues leading to the remedy of the legal lock jam confronting it. “There are still options open to the party. All the roads to a judicial settlement of the cases that are pending before the court are still open”, the Spokesman remarked.
Nwuke said that at a time like this, the will of party supporters would be stretched to breaking point. But he noted that it was at this time that the party which is still exploiting options open to it would count on the loyalty and support of its members.
Nwuke declared, “Our leaders are on top of the situation and they are doing everything humanly possible to ensure that we obtain justice through the judiciary.”
He said that although the road may be bumpy and rough, the APC will not shrink from its resolve to upturn the legal obstacles that are standing between it and the contest of the election in Rivers State.
Stressing that what the party requires now is the commitment of its membership, Nwuke urged them to repose utmost confidence in the ability of the leadership to take them to the promised land.
“We have faith in God and the capacity of the judiciary to deal impartially with all the matters that are pending before it. Our leaders are working to make sure that we secure victory for the party and the Rivers people who truly yearn for change.”
The statement is significant in accepting that the patience of the members had been stretched to breaking point. Will the party break? Those dealing the judicial blows seem to have concluded the APC crash and have moved on to Dumo Lulu-Briggs who filed papers from another paper. A case is also hanging on his head, meaning that the PDP may not need to face anybody in the guber elections.