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Rivers APC Crisis Deepens As Stakeholders Reject New Executive

The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State is deepening by the day as some stakeholders of the party have declared that they do not recognize the state working committee of the party elected in the annulled congress of the party.

The crisis came to the fore on Friday, May 11, the eve of the botched ward congress of the party, when some aggrieved party men protested against their being shut out of the process.

The aggrieved persons subsequently approached a state High Court and obtained an interlocutory injunction restraining the party from going on with the local government and state congresses.

While the state chapter of the party ignored the order and went ahead with the congresses, the national leadership cancelled the exercise and fixed May 19, 20 and 21 respectively for another ward, local government and state congresses which led to the emergence of former Chairman of Asari-Toru Local Government area of the state, Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree, as the new chairman of the party.

However, the state High Court, presided over by Justice Chiwendu Nworgu, on Wednesday declared the congresses and their outcome null and void and ordered the party to revert to status quo ante.

Addressing journalists in Port Harcourt Friday, some stakeholders of the party led by a former member of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Marcus Nle-ji, said while they remained members of the APC, they would not recognize the leadership of the party purportedly thrown up by the annulled congresses.

Reading the resolution of the stakeholders, a former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice under former Governor Chibuike Amaechi, Hon. Worgu Boms, said their decision not to recognize the Flag-Amachree-led executives and others elected during the congresses of the party, was based on the recent ruling of the state High Court which set aside the congresses.

He said by the ruling of the court, the leadership of the party at all levels in the state had not changed and remains the valid officials.

Boms said: “The court, after hearing all the parties and they came to court with all their lawyers, galaxy of lawyers, granted the following orders; an order of mandatory restoring the status quo of the parties in this suit; that is Ibrahim Umar and 22 others against APC; restoring it to what it was on Friday, May 11, 2018 when the order of interlocutory injunction was granted.”

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