“It is true that lately, we are facing a lot of challenges”, Dakuku Peterside, APC strongman in Rivers State told journalists Tuesday.
Peterside, former Gubernatorial candidate of the APC in 2015, was reacting to two court decisions delivered in Port Harcourt, the Rivers capital.
Justice Omereji of a Port Harcourt High Court had granted reliefs to Dele Moses and nine others, declaring them bona-fide candidates who would participate in the congress of the APC.
The court also held that it has recognized  Hon. Igo Aguma as the Chairman of the State Caretaker Committee of the APC.
Peterside said the decision reached by the court was not totally “unexpected given recent happenings in Rivers State, but as Democrats, we have accepted it and will explore all legal means to seek redress.”
The former Director General of NIMASA admitted that the APC in Rivers State was faced with challenges, “some of which are caused by the interference of non-party members in government. ”
He alleged that non party members “want to see the party in comatose to their advantage and against the interest of Rivers State, but I am confident that as a party we shall overcome.”
“I acknowledge that there is no easy path to victory and even God did not promise us an easy path”, Peterside remarked, “but what the Almighty assured us is the ultimate victory.”
” I urge all true members of APC under the leadership of Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi not to despair nor be discouraged but continue to have abiding faith in God and our democratic institutions” in order to “restore the glory of our party, which will take over the leadership of the state and restore sanity in governance”, the Opobo-born technocrat and politician noted.
Stressing that “No amount of gang-up or manipulation of institutions by enemies of APC and Rivers State will succeed”,  the former member of the National Assembly  observed that those encamped against the APC “do not have the support of God”  and the “moral force of the law behind them.”
“I am confident that the Appeal Court will correct the miscarriage of justice witnessed today (Tuesday). Our lawyers upon instructions of leadership have already filed an appeal and motions for stay of execution immediately after the judgments were delivered.
“I wish to personally appeal to all our people to remain calm as we seek solutions within the confines of the law and through other credible political means to resolve some of our genuine challenges”, Dakuku Peterside stressed.
There are strong suspicions in some quarters of the APC that the sudden emergence of Hon Igo Aguma as Chairman  of the Caretaker Committee is reminiscent of what occurred in the Rivers PDP some years ago.
Recall that Wike as Minister of State succeeded in supplanting late Chief G. U. Ake who was elected Chairman of the PDP with Bro Felix Obuah, relying on the exploitation of the judicial process.
Some APC members suspect that the similarity of tactics deployed in placing Aguma as Chairman might indicate where attempts to destabilize their political party may be coming from.

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