The All Progressives Congress in Rivers State says it has appealed the judgment of the Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja which upheld the election of Governor Siminalayi Fubara of the Peoples Democratic Party, in a petition brought by the Governorship candidate of the APC, Patrick Tonye-Cole.
The three-man panel of the tribunal had in their judgment, dismissed the petition of Tonye-Cole for lacking in merits on the grounds that he lacked the power to independently challenge the victory of Governor Fubara without his political party, amongst others grounds.
The State Publicity Secretary of APC, Darlington Nwauju in an interview with Daily Post confirmed that Tonye-Cole has headed for the Appeal Court to challenge the judgement of the tribunal.
He said, “I can authoritatively confirm to the media that our Governorship candidate, Pastor Architect Patric Tonye-Cole, MNI, has entered an appeal against the ruling of the governorship and National Assembly tribunal for Rivers State.
“The records of this particular matter has been compiled and transmitted and a suit number allocated.
“We do pray and hope that the Court of Appeal and indeed the judiciary will be able to serve justice to the people of Rivers State and to the memory of all those who were killed for their political beliefs, for following and supporting the APC in Rivers State.
We pray that we will get justice from the court, and as a law abiding political party, we will always abide by the decisions of the court.
“However, we want to draw attention and remind Nigerians to the fact that some of the grounds for dismissing the petition that was entered at the tribunal, which was the court of first instance, are grossly unacceptable and does not make sense even to the common man.”
He stated that the constitution has clearly given candidates of political parties the right to challenge the outcome of some electoral matters, adding that candidates now have an independent right different from the political parties.