The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the ruling by the Court of Appeal on Stay of Execution does not in any way give the All Progressives Congress (APC) edge over the PDP in the forthcoming general elections.
The Chairman of the PDP in Rivers State, Bro. Felix Obuah stated this against what he described as laughable jubilation by some section of ignorant APC members, stressing that the ruling is not a judgment but merely a stay, pending the determination of the substantive case.
“It’s not yet uhuru for APC, so our humble advice is for them not to jubilate yet as the end result might be suicidal considering the plethora of cases before the Appeal Court and the Supreme Court respectively”, counseled Obuah, adding that the ruling did not also give any express directive to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to relist APC candidates, because, according to him, INEC did not file any paper before the appellate court.
Bro. Obuah further stated that the ruling in its context did not in any way invalidate Justice Omotosho and Justice Nwogu’s judgments barring the Rivers APC from participating in the 2019 General Elections.
“PDP is not in any way perturbed by the ruling. Rivers people and Nigerians at large are anxiously waiting for February 16 and March 2, 2019 respectively, to sweep away the evil regime of the APC.
“Wike will win the Governorship of Rivers State while Atiku will emerge victorious as President of Nigeria as well as other PDP candidates. This is an indisputable reality, so APC supporters should stop wallowing in illusion”, declared Bro. Obuah.
The Rivers PDP boss added that getting a Stay of Execution is normal, noting that a Stay of Execution can only be effective when the order or judgment has not been enforced.
“On this instant case of the APC, the judgment has been enforced and Rivers APC candidates delisted from the final list of contestants by INEC.
Bro. Obuah also noted that APC was yet to vacate the plethora of judgments against them, stressing that it would be foolhardy to rejoice over a mere stay of execution that is temporary as against a permanent judgment.
More importantly, Bro Obuah questioned, “Can the desperate APC members reverse the decision of the Supreme Court which held that having disobeyed the court so openly, they were not entitled to any relief from the courts, as reported in part 1650, 18 Nigerian weekly law reports on page 139, Ibrahim Umar & Ors Vs APC”.