THE All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State appears to have accepted its fate, adopting the governorship candidate of the African Action Congress, (AAC) Awara Biokpomabo, for Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
The State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Chris Finebone, disclosed this to the Press in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
The Rivers State APC had been barred by a court order from fielding any candidate in the governorship election.
A Federal High Court had ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remove the party from the ballot.
It is understood that the decision to back the AAC candidate was reached after a meeting led by Rivers State APC leader, Rotimi Amaechi.
Addressing APC members and supporters in Eleme local government area of the state, on Wednesday, Mr. Amaechi reportedly urged members of the ruling party to massively vote for Biokpomabo for governor on Saturday.
“This morning, the leadership of the party met and agreed that we would work with a party called African Action Congress (AAC), while we are still in court to reclaim our mandate,” he said.
“So, on Saturday, we will vote for AAC. You must go home and vote for AAC. There should be no excuse not to vote, because there will be security for everybody. You must prepare and make sure you win the governorship election.
“The moment the governorship election is won by AAC’s candidate this Saturday and the new governor is inaugurated on May 29, 2019, by June this year, there will be local government’s chairmanship and councillorship elections.
“So, you should all go out and vote and make sure that you are not rigged out,” the transport minister said.
Mr. Biokpomabo is from Kula in Akuku Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Recall that the supreme court had upheld the annulment of the party’s primaries and congresses by a high court in Port Harcourt.
The APC had appealed the decision at the court of appeal but lost. However, the party filed another appeal challenging the ruling of the same court.
However, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) refused to include APC candidates in Rivers in the election.