The candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has threatened the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the forthcoming general elections may not hold in the state if their names are not on the ballot.
The APC candidate for Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni-Ahoada/West Federal Constituency, Henry Odili made this threat during a news conference organized by the delisted APC candidates in Port Harcourt on Thursday, January 24, 2019.
Henry Odili complained that INEC has not treated Rivers APC candidates fairly, adding that there was no court order stopping the primary elections that that produced them as candidates.
“The recent happenings in Rivers state and the judiciary pronouncement have clearly shown to the world the person behind the intraparty crisis in Rivers state and that’s Governor Wike.
“What he hopes to achieve from it is to exclude the APC from participating in the 2019 elections in Rivers state for fear of his guaranteed loss at the elections.
“The electoral laws were drafted in such a way that the courts cannot interfere with it and it does not allow INEC to delist or remove the name of a candidate without the candidate doing it himself or by death.
“That INEC should with immediate effect include ‘All the Candidates of APC’ in their list for the forth-coming Election.
“That, having re-listed ‘All Our Candidates’, APC in Rivers State should be given the same time frame given to PDP Candidates in Rivers State to Campaign within the Lengths and Breath of Rivers State.
“That, failure to abide by 1 and 2 above, APC Rivers State will resist any attempt to hold Election in Rivers State”.