*party to challenge ruling barring it from fielding governorship candidate for 2023 election
By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola
The Adamawa State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), has rejected Friday’s Federal High court ruling barring the party from fielding a governorship c@andidate for the 2023 elections in Adamawa.
The party said that it is going to appeal the judgment at a higher court.
The Secretary of the party, Raymond Chidama, who spoke to newsmen after arising from a State Executive Committee meeting of the party in Yola, Adamawa State, maintained that the party remains confident and hopeful that the appellate court will upend the ruling of the lower court and grant the party the opportunity to conduct a fresh primary in order to field candidate for the 2023 governorship election and it would win the 2023 governorship elections in Adamwa State.
“The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa receives the court judgement on the Governorship Primary of the party which was held on the 26th and 27th of May, 2022 with mixed feelings.
“But we also thank the court for drawing our attention to the loopholes in the processes of the governorship primary which if left unattended to might lead to regrets in the future.
“We cannot forget in a hurry the incidents at Anambra and Zamfara state where primaries were conducted and after elections the mandates were handed over to the opposition due to such lapses”, Chidama stated.
“On the other hand, the party rejects the decision of the court not to order a fresh conduct of primaries in order for us to field a candidate for the 2023 general elections.
“Therefore, we will proceed to the court of appeal to press home our demands.
“We want to appeal to all our Governorship aspirants to remain calm and to appeal to their loyalist steadfast and not allow any disaffection to come between them.
“And we want to also appeal to our party faithfuls to remain be calm because the party APC will participate in the 2023 governorship elections and we will win the governorship race in 2023,” the statement added.
On whether the party has any chances of participating in the 2023 general elections, the party said, “It still maintains positive that the court of appeal will grant the party a favourable judgement which will allow it conduct a fresh primary and field a governorship candidate for the 2023 elections in Adamwa.
“The court has the power to compel INEC to accept the name of any candidate presented by the party even if it falls outside the electoral body’s timeline for submission. The provision of the Constitution overrides the provision of the electoral act.
“We would however, not preempt the decision of the appelate court on this matter but we appeal to our members remain positive that the higher court will deliver judgement in our favour and we will win the 2023 elections.”
Reacting to the court decision, an APC stalwart, Sen. Abubakar Girei said he remains optimistic that the party will appeal the suit and would surely get a favourable judgement.
Girei said, “I appeal to the supporters of Ribadu and Binani camps to eschew bitterness and rancour as the judgement is only temporal and will not last the test of judicial scrutiny.
“There is no need mentioning that all of us are taken aback by this development. But I believe it is divinely arranged in order to test our resilience and strength of character as a people and party.
“As stakeholders, we are studying the judgement and I want to assure you we will do the needful by appealing the judgement.
“We believe the appellate court will upturn the judgement and we will not only go into the 2023 election, but we shall emerge victorious”, Girei maintained.
The elder statesman therefore, called on all stakeholders, including the two camps to exercise restraint, “remain law abiding and exercise patience in the face of this unsavory development. We shall traverse this course together and ensure landslide victory for all APC candidates in the forthcoming 2023 elections God willing.”