The All Progressives Congress in Rivers State has mentioned it’s contemplating approaching a reliable courtroom to compel the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee to submit licensed true copies of paperwork used within the final governorship election to the Tribunal.
That is how the occasion revealed that seven of its candidates for the Home of Meeting had efficiently submitted their purposes to the Nationwide Electoral Petitions Tribunal.
The Publicity Secretary of the APC, Darlington Nwauju, disclosed this to our correspondent throughout a phone interview on Sunday night.
Nwauju, nevertheless, mentioned he couldn’t become familiar with the particular constituencies of the meeting candidates.
INEC declared PDP winners of 32 state meeting seats in addition to three senatorial seats.
It might be recalled that the occasion’s governorship aspirant, Tonye Cole, ran right into a brick wall in his bid to safe CTC paperwork from the INEC headquarters in Port Harcourt.
Cole’s newest transfer to safe the identical virtually noticed him mobbed by alleged supporters of the Peoples Democratic Get together, a state of affairs that culminated in a collection of protests by members and supporters of PDP supporters.
Nwauju acknowledged: “Seven or eight meeting aspirants have submitted their petitions.” On the APC governorship candidate, he mentioned the occasion is but to file an software however is contemplating different choices.
Within the newest rely, one in every of his attorneys, Dr. Godswill Dike, who was allegedly kidnapped, mentioned after he was launched, he handed over the CTC he collected from INEC to a member of the occasion.
However the spokesman for the APC 2023 Governorship Marketing campaign Council, Sogbeye Eli, instructed newsmen that the CTC was hijacked from Dike by suspected PDP leaders.
Responding to a query from our reporter, Nwaju mentioned: “We now have not made the request. Aren’t we going to make use of CTC for the file?
“However after we get to courtroom, we are able to clarify your difficulties to the courtroom and you may apply to the courtroom to compel INEC to provide it in courtroom.
“Over the past electoral tribunal we witnessed, this occurred. In order that’s a approach to get the identical paperwork as nicely.”
Talking, Dr. Dike, who was freed final week, confirmed the views of Nwauju, including that the mentioned paperwork could be obtained on-line.
He acknowledged: “These paperwork are additionally on the Web. The occasion should discover the choice of acquiring digital copies of paperwork on-line.
“They’re public paperwork; Likewise, we are able to reapply and pay the CTCs and the authorities will concern us the true attested copies of the election supplies.
“We will nonetheless submit a request with out these paperwork and on the finish of the day we are able to concern a subpoena, that’s, summon a witness, invite an individual to return to courtroom and supply documentation or testify.”
Persevering with, he mentioned: “So, we are able to hereby summon INEC to return to courtroom and tender the paperwork. We acquired the requests we submitted on-line.
“So after we cope with administrability, we are able to carry INEC to tender for those who the regulation will settle for.”