Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has warmed the state Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) that any attempt to proceed with the planned local government areas election scheduled for May 23, 2015, amounts to an open disrespect for the court of competent jurisdiction.
According to the PDP, the court had ordered RESIEC that status-quo-ante be maintained to the effect that the LGA election be put on hold till the injunction against it was determined.
In a statement by the chairman of the party, Felix Obuah, and signed by his special adviser (Media), Jerry Neecdam, the PDP affirmed that anything done to conduct the election against the decision of the court would amount to nullity.
It also stated that the chairman and members of the RSIEC were card carrying members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and did not have the moral standing to conduct the election.
“The composition of RSIEC negates the principle of natural justice,” urging the RSIEC to abide by the rule of ‘nemo iudex in causa sua,’ which literally means that “no person can judge a case in which he has vested interest.”
The party queried the rationale in conducting an election that brazenly breached the provisions of the law, revealing that the plan to hurriedly hold the election without recourse to the law was a deliberate ploy by the APC-led-government of Rotimi Amaechi and RSIEC to loot the state’s treasury.
“This deliberate disregard for the rule of law has vindicated our position that Amaechi and the APC are desperados bent on causing crisis in the State.”
It urged members of the PDP and the good people of Rivers State to remain calm, noting that the illegal local government election would not stand.

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