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Amaechi vs Abe: APC makes u-turn, opts for fresh congressies

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said it would respect the Supreme Court judgment concerning Rivers State.

Speaking through the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the party said it would abide by the court ruling and would soon put measures in place to conduct fresh congresses across the state.

Oshiomhole said this at a press conference in Abuja on Friday.

Recall that the party had yesterday said that in spite of the apex court decision, its candidate for the governorship election remained Tonye Cole.

Making a U-turn, Oshiomhole said, “On the judgment given by the Supreme Court, as a political party, we respect the judiciary, we also appreciate that in truth and in fact, democracy is basically about the celebration of the rule of law and not the rule of might.

“Based on this fact, which is not a choice, we are obliged to respect the rule of law and at the heart of that is total obedience to the letters and the spirit of judicial findings which are not meant to be convenient.

“In a democracy, there are orders that need to be obeyed.

“Therefore, the judgment by the Supreme court in which from the first page to the last page, it is very clear that the Supreme court has nullified the ward congresses that were done by my predecessor in Rivers state and also nullified the state and local government congresses that were done in the state because according to the Supreme Court, those congresses were done in spite of a subsisting court order.

“What is important is that as things stand, the highest court in the land has pronounced that those congresses did not meet the requirements of the law and are therefore not valid.

“As a law abiding party, we accept the decision of the court and we will call a meeting in no distant future of all the stakeholders in Rivers state to prepare them and to put the necessary machinery in place to conduct fresh ward, local government and state congresses in Rivers in line with the provisions of the constitution of the APC. This we have to do in full obedience to the judgment of the Supreme Court.”
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