OrderPaperToday – The All Progressives Congress (APC) has disclosed that the party is studying the supreme court verdict on it’s eligibility to field candidates for 2019 elections in Rivers State.
The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Lanre Issa-Onilu while speaking to Journalists on Friday said that the legal department of the party is looking into the judgement.
He stated that the party expected a different outcome, adding that the party believes that it should be able to field candidates in the state.
He said: “Our legal department is looking into the judgement of the Supreme Court. It is not the kind of judgement we looked forward to based on the facts that we are aware of.
“The only option before us now is to review this judgement and see what other means that is legal. We think we deserve to field candidates in Rivers state. We know we did the right thing. We had our primaries even though there are issues around it.”
He expressed dismay that the party is under such scrutiny by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over its primaries.
“I don’t know why it appears the APC is the only party that is being subjected to this kind of scrutiny from the electoral body.
“It is the same APC that PDP has continued to raise flags as being the party that wants to rig election and is supposed to be working in cahoots with INEC.
“If this is the way to work in cahoots with INEC, we need to ask further questions. We know what we did in Rivers compared to what PDP did in many of the thirty-six states. PDP shouldn’t field candidates in many states if the same parameters applied by the electoral body are applied to the PDP.
“Our legal department will review the outcome of this as unpalatable as it is and we will be able to say categorically the next step we might be taking and come out with it in due course.”