Political propaganda and court cases are normal happenings in Rivers state, so it’s always difficult to know who to believe unless you hear a final judgement from a court on a particular matter.
Sources say Minister Rotimi Amaechi, leader of a faction of the APC in Rivers is worried over the turn of events, while the other factional leader, Senator Magnus Abe is celebrating.
But the faction loyal to Amaechi says nothing to worry…
The Rivers APC has reacted to Monday’s judgment by the Supreme Court on the crises rocking the state chapter of the party in a matter brought before the apex court involving 23 aggrieved members of the party who alleged that they were unduly excluded from the party congresses.
In a swift reaction by the State Spokesperson of the APC, Chris Finebone, the Supreme Court Judgment was described as a mere academic exercise.
Finebone insisted that the Supreme Court did not set aside the congresses and primaries of the party.
The full statement reads:
The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, would like to state, for the avoidance of doubt, that the appeal filed at the Supreme Court by Ibrahim Umar & 22 others of which the ruling was given today, 3 issues were canvassed before the Supreme Court one of which was that the Appeal Court did not act correctly by granting a stay of execution on the interlocutory orders of the State High Court. The Supreme Court agreed with them.
The Supreme Court only granted the appeal in parts and did not make any consequential orders as that can only be subject matter at the Appeal Court when the appeal hearing of the State High Court judgment commences.
According to Counsel to APC, “The Supreme Court today allowed the appellant appeal which was against the stay of Order of Injunction of 11/05/2018. The Court said the said order should not have been stayed. The Supreme Court made no orders except to set aside the Court of Appeal order. That clears the way for hearing of the main appeal at Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt against the judgment of the High Court. Their prayer that Supreme Court should hear the pending appeal at Court of Appeal was rejected. The appeal is to be heard and determined by Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt.
“It is important for APC faithful to ignore the raging propaganda by detractors that the Supreme Court set aside congresses and primaries of the party in Rivers State. That is a big lie from the pit of hell.
“As things stand, all pending appeals at the Appeal Court are proceeding apace with some ongoing today. Furthermore, appeal and stay of the final judgment of the State High Court given on the 10th of October are being perfected and hearing will commence thereafter.
“We call on all APC members to remain steadfast and refuse to be distracted as ultimate victory is assured. Those claiming victory and dancing in the streets are doing so either out of ignorance or out to deceive others”.
Meanwhile, members of the Senator Magnus Abe led faction of the APC went into celebration over the news of the Supreme Court Judgment which they interpret to be in their best interest.