A Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja will today, Wednesday 1st September, 2021, decide whether there is merit in a matter brought before it by the APC in Rivers State.
Supporters of the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon Rotimi Amaechi and those who are lining up behind Senator Magnus Abe are engaged in a game of wit.
But there are strong indications, despite protests that are coming from Freedom House, which is Abe’s political platform, that a great majority of party members in the State are aligned with Rt. the Hon Rotimi Amaechi, a two-time State Governor.
Abe who is engaged in an endless war with his former boss even admits the current Minister of Transportation is the leader of the APC in Rivers State.
Last month, the APC appealed against a suit tabled before a Port Harcourt High Court presided by Judge Ben Whyte.
Aggrieved party members believed to be supporters of Senator Magnus Abe had approached the court on the 30th of July, 2021, asking the presiding judge for an injunction restraining the APC from going ahead with ward congresses in Rivers State.
The notice ordering both parties to appear in court on August 5, 2021, was signed on August 2.
That court which said it had become functus officio granted the request of the APC to proceed on appeal and adjourned sine die.
The Ward congresses complained of by Abe and his supporters eventually held on the 31st of July, 2021, with the party electing ward officials.
Similarly, 10 delegates who are expected to participate in local government and state congresses were elected from each ward in Rivers State.
A breakdown shows that five delegates drawn from each ward in the LGAs would be participating in the forthcoming APC Local Government congresses billed for September 4, 2021.
The remainder (five delegates per each of the wards in Rivers) are expected to participate in the State congress on a date that is yet to be announced.
Thus, attention would be turned all day in the direction of the nation’s capital territory where the Court of Appeal would be expected to deliver a binding decision.
Judicial correspondents say the tone set by the Court of Appeal, if it delivers a decision today, would determine what would happen on ground in the days to come.
Meanwhile, the Port Harcourt Telegraph has obtained a list of newly appointed judges in the Rivers Judiciary who have consistently handled politically related cases engineered by politicians whose actions are likely to undermine democracy.
The Telegraph understands through credible sources that the APC intends to make their names public any moment from now.
The judges are about fIve in number.
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