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PDP Accuses Amaechi, Malami Of Plots To Cause Constitutional Crisis In Rivers State

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April 7, 2019

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Gentlemen of the press, we have called you up this afternoon to alert
Nigerians of a fresh plot by desperate leaders of the All Progressives
Congress (APC), working with the Minister of Justice and Attorney
General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami SAN, to cause
constitutional crisis in Rivers State.

The PDP has been informed of how these desperate APC figures and their
agents have been mounting pressure on the Acting Chief Justice of
Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Mohammed, to reverse the February 12, 2019
final judgment of the Supreme Court, which upheld the verdict of the
trial court that lawfully excluded the APC from participating in the
National Assembly, Governorship and State Assembly Elections in Rivers
State, having nullified the party’s flawed primaries in the state.

Nigerians can recall that in nullifying the APC primaries and barring it
from fielding any candidates in Rivers State for the 2019 general
elections, the High Court held, and rightly too, that APCs’ primaries in
the state were invalid and cannot be considered.

Acting upon the final judgment of the Supreme Court, the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC), on February 23, 2019 held the
Presidential/National Assembly elections and on March 9, 2019 conducted
the governorship and State House of Assembly elections in Rivers state,
in which the APC, having been lawfully excluded, did not participate.

Nigerians can also recall how the APC, having been frustrated by its
lawful exclusion, used compromised security agents to violently disrupt
the smooth conduct of elections in Rivers State.

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In the course of the elections, the APC however adopted the governorship
candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), bankrolled his election
and made compromised security agents and thugs available to him, with
the view to using them to muscle votes.

In spite of these conspiracies by the APC, the will of the people of
Rivers state prevailed, as they braved the odds, resisted all
machinations and voted overwhelmingly for the PDP and all its
candidates.

The spontaneous jubilation in Rivers State and across the country, in
addition to the general outpouring of goodwill to Governor Wike and
other candidates of the PDP on their victory, clearly demonstrates the
PDP popularity and acceptance not only by the people of Rivers, but also
by lovers of democracy all over world.

However, not done with the desperation to cause confusion and crisis in
Rivers state, the leader of the APC in the state; Minister of Transport,
Rotimi Amaechi, has engaged in fresh conspiracies to subvert the will of
the people as expressed at the polls.

The PDP has information of how Rotimi Amaechi has been going around in
Rivers State, giving assurances that he has the ears of the Supreme
Court under the leadership of Acting CJN, Justice Tanko Mohammed, and
that the Supreme Court will reverse its final judgment on APC Primaries
and create the way for fresh elections in Rivers State, in which the APC
will be allowed to participate.

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Rotimi Amaechi goes about boasting that the apex court in the land, the
Supreme Court, will reverse itself and declare for fresh conduct of all
the elections in Rivers State.

This is completely reprehensible and unthinkable in our democratic
process.

If this is allowed to occur, it will also amount to the highest travesty
of justice, apart from being a direct abuse of court process. The
Supreme Court is the highest temple of justice in our country and as
such must protect itself from all forms of manipulative tendencies of
the APC.

The jubilation across the country that trailed its February 12 final
judgment is a testament of justice and a reinforcement of the confidence
Nigerians have in the Supreme Court, which must not be destroyed by the
APC.

The PDP therefore urges the Acting CJN not to allow his office to be
used by desperate power mongers in the APC to cause anarchy and
perpetrate more violence in Rivers state.

The people of Rivers state have experienced so much crisis,
bloodletting, harassment and intimidations from the APC in its
desperation to forcefully take over the state.

The people have spoken loudly on their choice of PDP and all its
candidates. They should be allowed to move ahead with their leaders and
no institution of government should lend itself as an instrument in the
hands of oppressive forces seeking to undermine our democracy and
subjugate our citizenry.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

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