The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), of ploting to cause constitutional crisis in Rivers State.
According to the party, Amaechi was working to subvert the will of the people.
The party further alleged that Amaechi, Malami and some leaders of the APC were pressuring the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammed, to reverse the judgment of the Supreme Court which prevented the ruling party from fielding any candidate in the 2019 general elections in the state.
The allegations was made by Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, at a conference in Abuja.
“Nigerians can recall that in nullifying the APC primaries and barring it from fielding any candidates in Rivers State for the 2019 general elections, the High Court held, and rightly too, that APCs’ primaries in the state were invalid,” the PDP spokesman said.
“Acting upon the final judgment of the Supreme Court, the Independent National Electoral Commission, on February 23, 2019 held the presidential/National Assembly elections and on March 9, 2019 conducted the governorship and state House of Assembly elections in Rivers State, in which the APC, having been lawfully excluded, did not participate.
“Nigerians can also recall how the APC, having been frustrated by its lawful exclusion, used compromised security agents to violently disrupt the smooth conduct of elections in Rivers State.”
“However, not done with the desperation to cause confusion and crisis in Rivers State, the leader of the APC in the state, Rotimi Amaechi, has engaged in fresh conspiracies to subvert the will of the people as expressed at the polls.
“The PDP has information of how Amaechi has been going round in Rivers State, giving assurances that he has the ears of the Supreme Court under the leadership of acting CJN, Justice Tanko Mohammed, and that the apex court will reverse its final judgment on the APC primaries and make way for fresh elections in which the APC will be allowed to participate.
“Amaechi goes about boasting that the apex court in the land, the Supreme Court, will reverse itself and ask for fresh elections in Rivers State.”
He said that if the judiciary allows Amaechi plans to work, it would amount to mockery of justice and an abuse of court process.