Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze a frontline Chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State described on Wednesday, October 10, after due consultation with most members of his Legal Team, as inconsequential, premeditated, ‘promotion of iberiberism and of no effect the ruling of Justice Chinwendu Nworgu of State High Court based in Port Harcourt invalidating the nomination of Mr Tonye Cole as the Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State which according to the court on the ground that his nomination was a function of illegality and unconstitutional acts.
Chief Eze 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 according to the court.
Chief Eze noted with sympathy that 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 judgement.
Eze noted that 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.
Eze further noted that his good friend 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
Eze noted that it is unfortunate that 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. Friday Kennedy 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.
Chief Eze said, “with this wise counsel it is gladden to note that the primaries so far conducted in Rivers State was done by the National Executives and not Ojukaye led Excos in Rivers State.”
Eze further highlighted that although, the primaries conducted in Rivers State were indirect primaries which requires 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.
Eze therefore counselled both party officials and members to stop panicking because the Court didn’t based it’s ruling considering the list of delegates that voted in those primaries as to know who voted and their names. Eze queried if the party can’t use those statutory delegates were you think that you want to outsmart the party decision. 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.
In conclusion, Eze noted that his prediction that Senator Magnus Abe is collaborating with Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to destroy River State APC to pave way for the actualisation of Wike’s gubernatorial election success cone 2019 is playing out by this funny judgement but assured the world this devious plot will end up in futility.