The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday accused Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, and the attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami of plotting to cause constitutional crisis in Rivers state.
Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP’s National Publicity Secretary who made the allegation at a press conference in Abuja, claimed that Amaechi and the APC in Rivers state had embarked on fresh moves to subvert the will of the people.
According to him, APC stalwarts and their agents had allegedly been mounting pressure on the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammed, to reverse the February 12, 2019 judgment of the Supreme Court that disqualified the party from participating in the general election and order a fresh poll.
Ologbondiyan said, “the PDP has information of how Rotimi Amaechi has been going around in Rivers State, giving assurances that he has the ears of the supreme court under the leadership of Acting CJN, Justice Tanko Mohammed, and that the supreme court will reverse its final judgment on APC primaries and create the way for fresh elections in Rivers state, in which the APC will be allowed to participate.
“Rotimi Amaechi goes about boasting that the apex court in the land, the supreme court, will reverse itself and declare for fresh conduct of all the elections in Rivers State. This is completely reprehensible and unthinkable in our democratic process.”
The PDP said overturning the earlier judgement will amount to the “highest travesty of justice, apart from being a direct abuse of court process.”
“The supreme court is the highest temple of justice in our country and as such must protect itself from all forms of manipulative tendencies of the APC,” the party added.
“Nigerians can recall that in nullifying the APC primaries and barring it from fielding any candidates in Rivers State for the 2019 general elections, the High Court held, and rightly too, that APCs’ primaries in the state were invalid.
“Acting upon the final judgment of the Supreme Court, the Independent National Electoral Commission, on February 23, 2019 held the presidential/National Assembly elections and on March 9, 2019, conducted the governorship and state House of Assembly elections in Rivers State, in which the APC, having been lawfully excluded, did not participate.
“Nigerians can also recall how the APC, having been frustrated by its lawful exclusion, used compromised security agents to violently disrupt the smooth conduct of elections in Rivers State.”
Ologbondiyan stated that in the course of the elections, the APC adopted the governorship candidate of the African Action Congress, bankrolled his election and allegedly made compromised security agents and thugs available to him, with the view to using them to rig elections.
“However, not done with the desperation to cause confusion and crisis in Rivers State, the leader of the APC in the state, Rotimi Amaechi, has engaged in fresh conspiracies to subvert the will of the people as expressed at the polls,” he concluded.