Rivers APC bows to court order,cancels congresses

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has cancelled the ward, local government and state congresses slated for September 17, 21 and 28 respectively.

The Rivers APC Publicity Secretary, Mr. Chirs Finebone, stated this during an interview with The Punch.

He said the congresses were put on hold as a result of the court order that restrained the party from holding the exercise.

“The congress for tomorrow will not hold. For whatever it is worth, you cannot defy that; you cannot defy the court order. Obviously, we are not holding the ward congress because of the court injunction. Also, you cannot hold the next congress (local government congress) without the first one.

“For the fact that you are compelled not to hold the first one, you cannot contemplate holding the second one because the second congress is dependent on the outcome of the first.

The court has issued an exparte injunction, which many of us have not even seen the prayers because we have not sighted the processes. But whatever it is will be addressed by our lawyers. Our lawyers will be in court and they will address the issue.  

“The ward congress slated for Tuesday (today) cannot hold because that is the day the court adjourned to sit on the matter. Even if the court vacates the order that day, definitely, it (ward congress) cannot hold that day,” Finebone stressed, he said”.

Recall that Ibrahim Umah and 22 others last week Thursday got an interim injunction from the Rivers State High Court ordering the party to refrain from conducting its ward, local and state congresses, pending the hearing and determination of a suit marked PHC/3098/19.

The court also ordered the state chapter of the APC (defendant in the suit) and the claimants (Ibrahim Umah and 22 others) to maintain the status quo pending the determination of the matter before the court.

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