Rivers APC crisis: Eze reveals why there’s no panic over Cole’s nullification as governorship candidate
A frontline Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze has described as inconsequential, premeditated, and of no effect the court ruling nullifying the governorship primary election in the state.
Justice Chinwendu Nworgu of Port Harcourt High Court, in his ruling on Wednesday, had invalidated the nomination of Tonye Cole as the governorship Candidate of the APC in the State, saying that the nomination was a function of illegality and unconstitutional acts.
But Eze, in a statement he personally signed and forwarded to DAILY POST on Thursday, also noted with sadness the nullification by the same court, the Rivers State Senatorial, House of Representatives and House of Assembly Primaries conducted on the premise of the illegal ward congresses.
Eze, a former Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Democratic Peoples Party, nPDP, said the, “learned Justice erred in his ruling as the Congresses that gave birth to the election of Pastor Tonye Cole, Senate and Federal House of Representatives’ aspirants of APC was executed by the national body of the party and not by the Ojukaye led Excos as erroneously postulated in the judgment.”
“The only body that has power to conduct Primaries of Presidential, Senate, HOR and Assembly is the national body of APC and not the state except in local government election. The learned Justice may have been deceived by not taken note of the fact that the National Working Committee constituted the committee that conducted the primary elections in Rivers State.
“Justice Nworgu may have been deceived not knowing that the Supreme Court is clear on matters like this that once a name is sent to INEC, no Court can change it not even INEC can stop the candidate
“This judgement is not shocking or surprising to most of us that have been following the antecedents of Justice Nworgu since the Legislative Aide of Senator Abe, Mr. FridayKennedy boasted on how they will write this type of funny judgement for the learned Justice to deliver so nobody should disturb himself or herself on matters like this as the party toed the right paths in all her conducts so far the elections of her representation are concerned in Rivers State.
“With this wise counsel, it is gladdening to note that the primaries so far conducted in Rivers State were done by the National Executives and not Ojukaye led Excos in Rivers State.
“Although, the primaries conducted in Rivers State were indirect primaries which require only delegates to participate does not mean that it will be invalid. “Remember that apart from the executives of the party from the wards to the state who are delegates, there are other statutory delegates which the party constitution allows to vote during primaries and these persons also participated in the primaries as conducted by the party.
“Both party officials and members should stop panicking because the Court didn’t base it’s ruling considering the list of delegates that voted in those primaries as to know who voted and their names.
“I, therefore, urges all and sundry to relax their nerves and enjoy as the efforts of those paid to destroy our march to the Brick House come 2019 will not only be disgraced but will end with praises.
“[My] prediction that Senator Magnus Abe is collaborating with Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to destroy River State APC to pave way for the actualization of Wike’s gubernatorial election success cone 2019 is playing out by this funny judgment but assured the world this devious plot will end up in futility.”