By G9ija

Twenty two out of the 23 Rivers State Local Government Council Chairmen and Councillors; elected on May 25, 2015, have vowed to scuttle plans to hold fresh LG elections scheduled for April 17, 2021.

The aggrieved politicians who were elected during the administration of former Governor Rotimi Amaechi, were sacked by a judgement of the Federal High Court, on July 9, 2015.

They have promised to approach the Court of Appeal on February 1, 2021, to pursue their pending appeal over their removal from office.

Spokesman for the group, Sogbeye Eli, said, “We respectfully invite you to note that the claim by the Rivers PDP that our election was nullified because the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission, conducted same on May 23, 2015, in contravention of an order of the Federal High Court, is another strand in a huge tissue of lies.

“Same is deliberate falsehood mischievously engineered to cast shadows on the legality of our election. We insist that no order was made by Justice Akanbi to stop the local government elections of May 23, 2015, when he adjourned hearing of the matter sine die on April 29, 2015, upon learned Counsel to RSIEC, B. E. I. Nwafor (SAN), informing the court that an appeal had been lodged at the Court of Appeal to stop it from hearing the matter.

“However, when it became convenient for the PDP to exercise her well documented impunity, she ignored the judiciary and directed her ward (RSIEC) to conduct the 2018 council polls this action gravely tampered with the case after successfully freezing the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal for over two years with a rash of frivolous motions.

“Believing that the mission to seal our fate was accomplished, both appellants/applicants withdrew their motions on December 18, 2018, and January 23, 2019, respectively and the same was struck out.”

Eli further said, “We hereby call on the National Caretaker Committee of the APC to immediately issue an official letter directing an official boycott due to the pending matter at the Court of Appeal.”

In response, the State PDP spokesman, Sydney Gbara said, “His Excellency is not a member of the APC and has nothing to do win or lose; in whatever that comes out of the internal crisis of the APC. If they have aggrieved members, they should call themselves together and see how they can sort themselves out.”