The elections have come and gone in Rivers State. It was a turbulent period no doubt. It was a period when the people of Rivers State made a clear statement on the way forward. They preferred consolidation of the New Rivers Vision ahead of other alternatives placed before them. They chose Governor Wike and the
The elections have come and gone in Rivers State. It was a turbulent period no doubt. It was a period when the people of Rivers State made a clear statement on the way forward. They preferred consolidation of the New Rivers Vision ahead of other alternatives placed before them.
They chose Governor Wike and the PDP ahead of other political parties. The reason for their choice is simple. Governor Wike has lived up to the expectations of Rivers people, delivering on all his pledges to the people.
All across the country, political commentators and social activists are tired of the repeated use of the institutions of state to undermine good governance in Rivers State. Everyday, a faction of Rivers APC work to destroy the fabric of governance in Rivers State and make the state ungovernable.
Rivers State has continued to make determined progress because of the courage and dedication of Governor Wike. The Governor has refused to be distracted despite the myriad of attacks on the mechanics of Rivers State Government.
Through the extended internal crisis, the APC in Rivers State was excluded from the ballot for the 2019 General elections. This legal tussle was widely reported in the media.
Explaining the crux of the Rivers APC failure to Channels Television, Factional Rivers APC Leader, Senator Magnus Abe said: “I think that people have to have some basic understanding of what actually happened. As you will re-collect, the NWC of APC had asked that the state should make a determination as to the kind of primaries they would use, whether direct or indirect.
“As there was an existing court order that nullified the new state Exco for the party – so the existing Exco made a request for direct primaries to avoid the existing complications that were already evident at that time.That is the end of the road, legally nowhere else for us to go.
“It is really unfortunate, everybody in Rivers State knew that the APC crisis will only benefit Wike. Anybody who pretends that he did not know that the situation we had will benefit our opponent, is not being truthful.
“The beginning of this crisis was when members of our party bought forms from the party to participate in our congresses and a decision was taken that they are no longer members of the party, that wasn’t what the constitution of the party says”.
The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) excluded Rivers State APC from the ballot on the orders of the Supreme Court. This decision was accepted by the APC National Working Committee. The core decision of the Supreme Court came on February 12 , 2019. This was the same day that the APC had their Presidential Campaign Rally in Rivers State. The former APC Governorship Candidate, Mr Tonye Dele Cole was denied flag on that basis.
The lead judgment of the Supreme Court was read by Justice Amiru Sanusi.
https://www.channelstv.com/ 2019/02/12/breaking-supreme- court-dismisses-apcs-appeal- on-rivers-primaries/
In explaining the judgment , Justice Olabode Vivour described the appeal by Rivers APC as being academic.