The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that the forthcoming general elections may not hold in the state if the names of their candidates are not on the ballot.
Candidates of APC contesting for various positions issued the threat during a press conference in Port Harcourt following some judicial pronouncements restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission from including the party’s candidates in its list for the February 16 and March 2 polls.
Addressing newsmen on behalf of other candidates, House of Representative Candidate for Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni and Ahoada-West Federal Constituency, Henry Odili complained that INEC has not treated APC candidates fairly.
Odili accused the judiciary and INEC of collaborating with Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike to deny APC their right to vote and be voted for.
“The recent happenings in Rivers state and the judiciary pronouncement have clearly shown to the world the person behind the intra-party crisis in Rivers state and that’s Governor Wike.
“What he hopes to achieve from it is to exclude the APC from participating in the 2019 elections in Rivers state for fear of his guaranteed loss at the elections.
“The electoral laws were drafted in such a way that the courts cannot interfere with it and it does not allow INEC to delist or remove the name of a candidate without the candidate doing it himself or by death.
“That INEC should with immediate effect include ‘All the Candidates of APC’ in their list for the forthcoming Election.
“That, having re-listed ‘All Our Candidates’, APC in Rivers State should be given the same time frame given to PDP Candidates in Rivers State to Campaign within the Lengths and Breath of Rivers State.
“That, failure to abide by 1 and 2 above, APC Rivers State will resist any attempt to hold Election in Rivers State.”