The Rotimi Amaechi led faction of the All Progressive Congress is currently staging a protest at the Rivers state headquarters of the Independent Electoral Commission(INEC).
The protesters led by Ambassador Oji Ngofa and Maureen Tamuno are asking INEC to include the names of its candidates for the elections on February 16 and March 2, following the order of the Appeal Court which granted a stay of execution.
The protesters are wondering why INEC was quick to remove the names of its candidates following the judgement of the Federal high court and is reluctant to replace same despite the stay of execution order by the Appeal court.
The protesters who have barricaded a section of the Port Harcourt – Aba road causing a gridlock have vowed not to leave the INEC office until the names of their candidates have been displayed by the electoral umpire.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Obo Effanga while addressing the protesters assured them that he will send their letter to the commissions headquarters for further action.
Meanwhile, the Senator Magnus Abe faction of the party has remained silent following the decision of the court of appeal yesterday to delay judgement till a later date and is not part of the ongoing protests.
The two factions have been engulfed in a battle of supremacy on which is the authentic faction in the state, with both sides fielding candidates for elections. While the Abe’s faction has Senator Abe as its governorship candidate, the Rotimi Amaechi faction has Tonye Cole as its candidate.
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