2019: APC Battles To Save Candidates List For Rivers
The All Progressives Congress (APC) is under pressure over the status of its candidates submitted for 2019 general elections in Rivers State.
Following the judgment of the Supreme Court, which annulled all the congresses held in the state, the leadership of the party sacked the party executives that emerged from the voided congress.
The plan was to conduct fresh congress on a date to be announced later.
However, it was gathered that the candidates who emerged from the recent primary elections in the state, especially the governorship candidate, Tonye Cole, and others who won their tickets from the indirect primary elections patronised by factional state executive loyal to the Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, are yet to know their fate.
They are yet to come to terms with the implications of Supreme Court judgment and the subsequent decision by the party to cancel the congresses.
The National Publicity Secretary of APC, Lanre Isa-Onilu, said on Tuesday that the national leadership of party is currently reviewing the situation.
On whether this will affect the list of candidates submitted by the party to INEC especially as the deadline for submission of candidates has expired, Isa-Onilu said; “As far as we are concerned, we are going to conduct fresh congresses for Rivers State, and other issues are going to be sorted out by our legal department and our members will be duly informed.”
Meanwhile, another reliable source has said the party may be considering substitution as an option to save it from losing the chance of participating in the polls.
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