The All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared the primary conducted in Rivers State valid irrespective of the verdict of the Supreme Court on disputes rocking the state chapter of the party.
The party issued a statement through its Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu on the interpretation of the Supreme Court ruling on the subject.
The group loyal to the transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi and the other loyal to Magnus Abe are engaging in different interpretations of the verdict.
Onilu in his statement said, “In view of conflicting interpretations that have greeted the recent verdict of the Supreme Court on the contention among our members in Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), it has become necessary to clarify that the Supreme Court’s verdict has nothing to do with the primaries conducted for the governorship and legislative positions in the state.
“Therefore, the candidature of Arch. Tonye Cole along with his running mate, Hon. Victor Giadom remains inviolate. The list of our candidates for the governorship, National Assembly, and House of Assembly have been processed by the National Working Committee (NWC) according to the INEC guidelines.
“Our party appreciates the support of the good people of Rivers State and their commitment towards the victory of our governorship candidate, Arch. Tonye Cole and other APC candidates at all levels in the 2019 elections.
“A progressive leadership under the APC beckons and the people of Rivers State are poised to effect a change to move the beleaguered state to a path of progress and development.”