Rivers Polls: Justice Liman only ordered conclusion of Tai rerun, not fresh elections: APC
Posted by News Express | 7 December 2016 | 1,702 times
The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has challenged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the court ruling on Tuesday in respect of Tai rerun elections, stating that at no time did Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court sitting Port Harcourt nullify and/or ordered for a fresh rerun election in Tai.
The APC in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Senibo Chris Finebone, said Justice Liman’s “order for the conclusion of the Tai rerun is merely in tandem with the position already announced by INEC that the Commission will conduct elections in some wards and units in Tai come Saturday, December 10.”
The party also said: “It baffles the mind when members of PDP deliberately dispense blatant falsehood especially to the gullible on social media to the effect that the High Court judge ordered a fresh rerun election in Tai. The reference to a specific directive by the Justice for INEC to declare results based on the results filed from the field on December 10 as being bandied is as shady as it is spurious.
“We believe that Justice Liman knows the limit of the powers of his court with regard to the Constitution and the Law and would not have attempted to overreach himself in his ruling. For the avoidance of doubt, Section 133 of the Electoral Act 2010 as Amended recognises only an election tribunal and not the Federal High court as having the power to affirm or nullify an election result declared by INEC.”
The APC believed that the judgement did not differ in any way with the position already taken by INEC to conduct rerun elections in the few outstanding units and wards in Tai.
“It is too bad but not surprising that members of the PDP prefer to always live in denial by deceiving themselves,” the statement concluded.