Following the Judgement of the Court of Appeal, delivered Tuesday 29 December, 2020, by a three-man panel led by Justice Peter Ige JCA, which toppled an earlier verdict delivered around June 2020, constituting statutory members of the All Progressives Congress, Rivers State, into a Caretaker Committee with Hon. Igochukwu Aguma as Chairman; and the more recent High Court judgement delivered Tuesday, 5 January, 2020 by the very learned Justice Chukwu, which aborted the plot by Sen. Magnus Abe, Igo Aguma and Emmma Deeyaa and their evil conspirators to scuttle the membership update and revalidation exercise of All Progressives Congress, billed to commence soonest, critical stakeholders, political analysts and opinion leaders have continued to make their minds bare on the rulings especially, the Appeal Court verdict, which has severally been described as the ‘dawn of a new day’ for the party after several years of internal hostilities.
Chieftain of the APC and erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, said while a critical view of the separate judgements largely depicts the core essence of justice in a representative democracy, it also restores public confidence in the judiciary especially in Rivers State, where the courts have been conquered and converted into an extension of the executive arm under Governor Wike and the People’s Democratic Party.
In a statement made available to media houses, the party Chief said the verdicts have politically entomb Abe, Aguma and their circle of wrongdoers who have continued to hover on the edge of the trash-can of history, and allow the majority have their way in line with the tenets of democracy.
Eze said the Rivers APC has suffered series of deliberately orchestrated miscarriages of justice in satisfaction of the whims and caprices of the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, who has continued to mobilize state resources into his hubristic project of sweeping the court from its hitherto impartial judicial moorings into the dangerous waters of partisan politics in a bid to sustain his firm grip of statecraft without a formidable opposition, at the detriment of Rivers people who have been left in squalor without a hint of remorse.
He commended the learned Justices of the Appeal Court, for their firm resolve towards redeeming the battered image of the judiciary in Rivers State by restating the fair stance of the courts and upholding the impartiality of the judiciary in dispensing with contentious issues especially, those touching on politics and governance brought before it for determination.
With the Appeal Court Judgement which further confirmed the legitimacy of the Isaac Ogbobula led Caretaker Committee of the Rivers APC and double-clothed it with super legitimacy, and particularly, the recent verdict of the Court of Appeal which made public show of Abe and Co. as no respecters of the orders of President Mohammadu Buhari and party hierarchy.
Chief Eze said Abe, Aguma and their conspirators are now on a very speed lane towards political extinction, noting that the métier saboteurs have created for themselves a no mean Conner in the history of political treachery and it would grossly be of unblessed memory.
The party stalwart assured that the judgments have automatically settled the protracted internal unrest that has set the state chapter of the party aback in the polity the last 5 years especially, the floodgate of litigation that heralded the last congresses of the party which resulted to the non-participation of the APC in the 2019 elections and the denial of Rivers people their right to choose who represents them in the parliament and other positions in government.
He said Sen. Magnus Ngei Abe and Hon. Igochukwu Aguma and their circle of saboteurs may now join their ranks in the People’s Democratic Party on which soil they have toiled laboriously, having met with perpetual failure in their scheme to again employ legal technicalities and mechanics to frustrate the planned membership drive and plunge the party into another round of crisis without recourse to what is right.
Lamenting over the depth of damages Abe and Aguma have caused the APC and the lives of Rivers people, Eze, a strong voice in the Niger Delta said only a group of unconscious and conscienceless mortals can elect to play the very horrendous script serially displayed by the duo against a party which membership they claim, stressing that it can only take the collective goodwill of the entire people of Rivers State who are currently suffering the consequences of their ill-will, to forgive their horrific atrocities against the state and humanity.
While congratulating the APC family for once again successfully sailing through the turbulent waters of legal mechanics and acrobatics and landing safely on Canaan side, the party stalwart commended the resilience and timeless spirit with which party faithful responded to the messy crisis carefully instigated by Abe and Aguma to leave the party in perpetual shambles.