By Nwaorgu Faustinus
The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has congratulated the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public petitions for clearing our leader, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON as one of the Ministerial nominees whose names were sent to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari for screening and confirmation.
The APC believed that attempts by detractors to tarnish the impeccable reputation of our amiable leader for the purpose of blackmailing the Senate and the Presidency not to appoint him a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria would fail. And it has failed.
The APC in press statement today said it has taken notice of the rulings by the Justice Pindiga-led Election Petition Tribunal for Rivers East which gave victory to our opponents today. We have accepted the rulings but will appeal them immediately.
The statement reads: “As a law-abiding political party, the APC harbours deep-seated respect for the judiciary as the last hope of the common man. We have no iota of doubt that the APC will have all the rulings upturned in favour of the APC at the appellate court level. It is clear that the 21-day notice cited by the panel had earlier been ruled upon as a pre-election matter which should not be brought before the election petition tribunals. That position has been reaffirmed by the appeal court more than once.
“The latest of such cases is that of Dr. Dawari George in which the appeal court held that the Tribunal erred on its ruling because the issue of 21days is a pre-election matter and as such does not include issues meant to be decided by the Tribunal; the Appellate court subsequently upheld the appeal and ordered the Tribunal to resume the trial of the Petition brought by Dawari George and the APC.
“Therefore, the APC would like to appeal to our numerous supporters to remain calm and prayerful as it will all end in praise.”