APC Matters At Tribunals Receiving Favourable Attention—Rivers APC

....Technical Setback On Dawari, Odili Matters Temporary
By Nwaorgu Faustinus
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The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, says

its attention has been drawn to attempts by the PDP and their agents

to sell to the public the impression that the APC petitions before

various tribunals at Abuja are on the verge of being thrown out on

grounds of technicality.
The party stated this in a statement signed by its publicity

secretary, Mr Chris Finebone.
The statement reads:
“This is sequel to the ruling Tuesday by the National Assembly

Election Petition Tribunal in the matters of Dr Dawari George and Mr

Lucky Odili of Asari-Toru/Akuku-Toru Federal Constituency and

Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Federal Constituency respectively. Both men had

filed petitions challenging the victory of Hon. Boma Goodhead of

Asari-Toru/Akuku-Toru Federal Constituency and Prince Nnam Obi of

Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Federal Constituency. But the Tribunal ruled that

the APC revised notice for conduct of Primaries was not within the

stipulated 21 days.
“Since this development, the PDP and their agents have inundated the

media claiming that all other APC candidates’ petitions will be

affected by the technicality of time.
“The APC feels obliged to explain for the benefit of our members and

Nigerians that there is no atom of truth in the assertions by our

opponents regarding this matter. The truth remains that the APC

National Headquarters issued notice for conduct of party primaries on

19th September, 2014 which is more than the 21 days required by law.

However, due to certain circumstances, the APC, out of courtesy, sent

a revised notice to the INEC informing the electoral umpire of a

slight change in its primaries schedule to which the INEC acknowledged

receipt. All of the actions eventually happened within the period

specified by INEC in its timetable.
“However, it appears curious to the APC that the Tribunal sitting on

the matters of Hon. Dawari George and Hon. Lucky Odili would base its

decision on a revised notice that might as well not have been written,

to technically set aside the petitions of both APC candidates.

However, both candidates have promptly appealed the Tribunal ruling

and we believe justice will be served the candidates and the party

accordingly.
“It is rather shocking that the PDP and their agents have started

bandying that the rulings on Dr. Dawari George and Hon. Lucky Odili

also affect all other APC petitions before different tribunals. That

is a white lie meant to distract and misinform the public.

“The APC would like to re-assure its members and Nigerians that the

said revised notice of primaries has no consequential effects on all

other petitions by APC candidates at all levels, be it the House of

Assembly, Governorship, House of Representatives and Senatorial

petitions presently being heard at the different tribunals. We would

like to urge APC members to remain steadfast and prayerful as victory

at the various tribunals is around the corner”.