As commentators, interest groups, opinion leaders and political watchers continue to make their minds bare on the High Court judgment of Wednesday, December 18, 2019, which dismissed the prayers of Senator Magnus Abe, a former Rivers S’ East Senator, represented in the matter by Ibrahim Umar & 22 Ors against the APC, and set aside the interim order which halted the ward, local government and state congresses of the Rivers State All Progressives Congress earlier scheduled by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, a former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) and chieftain of the APC in the S’ South, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has described the court’s position as conscientious and thorough.
Eze, who made his position known via a press statement made available to media houses in the S’ South said the judgement has laid to rest all speculations and uncertainties about the future of the Rivers APC which has been engulfed in a raging internal crisis sparked off by Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, an Ogoni-born politician and former lawmaker, whose determination to wreck the ship of the party in the state is obviously unyielding.
The court had, in a judgement delivered on Wednesday struck out the prayers of the claimants and vacated the interlocutory injunction against the conduct of congresses, citing that the action was instituted by a wrong procedure of law and further averring that the judgement of a court cannot be interpreted by another court of coordinate jurisdiction.
The cost of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira only) was also awarded against the claimants – Ibrahim Umah & 22 Ors. in favour of the Defendant – the All Progressives Congress.
Eze noted that with the outcome of the ‘historical judgement’, Abe’s political woes had just increased, saying “after distancing himself from the political family that brought him to limelight, for reasons only known to him, he has been courting series of woes at every step of his unholy political manoeuvre.
“After losing his senatorial seat that would have made him the Deputy Senate President and his dream of becoming a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria nosediving, other unfortunate vicissitudes have occurred to him: his inability to continue to hold the APC structure in the state to hostage, refusal of Governor Wike to accommodate a reasonable number of his disgruntled group, as well as Wike’s refusal to anoint him for 2023 gubernatorial election. He seems to be lost in the political wilderness, without a direction”, Eze said.
Chief Eze, a media stalwart expressed satisfaction over the ruling, stressing that it is pleasing to men of conscience, people of goodwill and lovers of democracy, adding that with the judgement, Sen. Abe now knows exactly where he belongs. Eze counselled the ex-lawmaker to desist from deliberately using technicalities to deny members of the Rivers APC what is due them and allow peace a chance.
While applauding the court for the ruling, Eze said his confidence in the judiciary has remained unshaken. He congratulated members of the APC and hailed them for their patience and peaceful disposition throughout the periods of Abe’s acts of provocation.
Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, further appealed to the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress to immediately reschedule and put modalities in place for the conduct of congresses in order to put the party back on track for the good Rivers people.