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Youths attack Abe as Court halts proposed APC congress in Rivers

By Idowu Isamotu and Amos Okioma

Barely 72 hours the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) scheduled to conduct its congresses across Rivers State, a State High court sitting in Port Harcourt, the state capital, has granted an interim order of injunction against the factional APC.

The APC group, loyal to the Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi has concluded arrangements to hold its ward, Local government Area (LGA) and state congresses to elect the party executives for the next four year on Tuesday, Sunday and Monday, September 17, 22 and 28, 2019 respectively.

A five-man Caretaker committee, inaugurated by Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee few days ago, chaired by one Isaac Abott-Ogbobula had arrived Port Harcourt APC Secretariat of Amaechi’s faction as its operating base where it immediately commenced sale of congresses nomination forms.

These moves reportedly angered the faction loyal to a former lawmaker and factional leader of APC in the State, Senator Magnus Abe, who immediately approached court that restrained NWC and its committee from taking a step further.

The court presided by Justice Letam Nyordee granted the order and ordered parties to maintain status quo untill the facts of the matter are heard and determined.

The suit entitled Ibrahim Umar and 22 others against the All Progressives Congress (APC) number PHC/3098/19 got the orders made as follows.

“An order is hereby made that all parties in the case to maintain the status quo in relation to the subject matter of the proceedings, in this suit, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction in this suit,” the court injunction read.

However, the APC Students’ League in the State has described the recent court’s pronouncement as “unfortunate”, accusing the lawmaker of sabotaging efforts of members of the party to restore peace and tranquility back to the party.

A statement signed by the Publicity Secretary of the group, Oge Okparanta lamented continuous internal wrangling within the party in the State, urging members of the party to remain calm.

He said, “One would have elected to be reluctant on the recent move by Sen. Magnus Abe to ignite another round of legal fireworks to halt the already scheduled congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, but the need to relieve some minds that may have caught cold from the news of the Stay of Execution Order necessitated this piece.”

Okparanta argued that the NWC of the party is the organ duly saddled with the responsibility of addressing internal wrangling “similar to what we have within the party in Rivers State; and in line with its functions, NWC initiated moves to settle the internal crisis rocking the party in the state by constituting a Caretaker Committee to temporarily steer the affairs of the party and scheduling fresh congresses to allow everyone (including Abe) a level playing field in the contest.”

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