The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party have reacted to the judgment of the Supreme Court that nullified primaries of the ruling party in Rivers State.
APC National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, told reporters on Friday in Abuja that the party’s legal department is looking into the judgment, noting that it is not the kind of judgment that the party was expecting. He said the only option is to review this judgment and see what other means that is legal.
Earlier, the Supreme Court upheld the High Court judgment which initially barred the party from conducting its ward, local government, and state congresses in Rivers, pending the determination of a suit that was filed by 22 aggrieved chieftains of the party.
The APC spokesman claimed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should not have been allowed to field candidates in many states, if the same parameters were applied to the main opposition party.
Meanwhile, the PDP has described the as victory for democracy and the rule of law. The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan on Friday in Abuja commended the apex court for its courage in delivering what it described as landmark judgment.
Ologbondiyan said that the judgment has saved the nation from a serious constitutional crisis that could have marred the 2019 general elections and detract the overall electoral system.
Ologbondiyan, however, urged PDP members across the country to continue to work hard in consolidating on the already established victory of the party in all elections, beginning with next Saturday’s Presidential election.