Embattled governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Pastor Tonye Cole and the senator representing Rivers East district in the National Assembly, Senator Andrew Uchendu, have appealed to members and supporters of the APC in the state to remain calm following the striking out of the party’s last appeal before the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt.
Cole, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday by the spokesman of Tonye Cole Campaign Organization (TCCO), Hon. Ogbonna Nwuke, said the party is to receive a briefing relating to what transpired from its lawyers, saying that the APC has not exhausted all avenues leading to the remedy of the legal lock jam confronting it.
The statement reads, “There are still options open to the party. All the roads to a judicial settlement of the cases that are pending before the court are still open.
“We have faith in God and the capacity of the judiciary to deal impartially with all the matters that are pending before it. Our leaders are working to make sure that we secure victory for the party and the Rivers people who truly yearn for change.”
Reacting to the Appeal Court judgement, Senator Andrew Uchendu, urged APC members and supporters to exercise restraint and be prayerful because leaders of the party were not resting in taking on the challenge.
Uchendu, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt by his media aide, Solomon Nnam Okocha, said it was regrettable that the three-man panel of the appellate court saw its hands tied on the issue of jurisdiction because Justice Chiwendu Nwogu of the Rivers State High Court had earlier described the same case brought before him as a pre-election matter.
The senator stated that from the highpoints gleaned from the appellate court, the party would head straight to the Supreme Court to appeal the decision of the court, stressing that he was sure that justice would be delivered.
He said: “The pain, the feeling of disappointment, and despondency, among our party faithfuls with respect to today’s judgement of the Court of Appeal, is quite understandable and appreciated.
“As one of you, I will advise that we excercise greater patience, caution and restraint in our responses as I am aware that our leaders are not relenting, and they have taken this challenge with the greatest sense of responsibility. No true leader would want to drown the political careers of committed and loyal followers like you.
“As a candidate in the 2019 general election, I am more than optimistic that my colleagues and I, who have been favoured to fly the party’s flag, will participate in the upcoming polls.”