Amaechi’s loyalists celebrate faction’s victory at Supreme Court

Published February 17, 2021

Sampson Itode , Port Harcourt

THE All Progressives Congress in Rivers State loyal to the Transportation Minister , Rotimi Amaechi , on Tuesday celebrated the Supreme Court ’s decision to strike out an appeal filed by Igo Aguma in July 2020 .
Reacting to the decision of the apex court, the Spokesman for the Amaechi faction of the APC in the state , Chief Ogbonna Nwuke , in a statement titled , ‘ We have been vindicated ’ , hailed the apex court ’s decision, describing it as a welcomed development.
Nwuke said the development was a pointer that Aguma ’ s declaration as a Caretaker Committee Chairman of the APC in the state was in error ab initio .
Aguma was declared the CTC chair of the APC in the state by a Rivers State High Court in June 2020 , a development the Amaechi camp rejected.
The statement reads in part , “ The truth has come to light . The truth is that Hon . Igo Aguma did not have the locus standi to declare himself as chairman . It also demonstrates that the presiding judge who planted Igo Aguma as chairman of the Caretaker Committee erred in law in reaching that decision .
“ We have always known that Igo Aguma and his co – travellers were out to waste the time of the court. We are glad that the Supreme Court has seen through the antics of the pro- Abe group and accordingly thrown out the matter. ”
Meanwhile, Igo Aguma , CTC chair of Senator Abe ’s faction , reacting to the development in a statement signed by his media adviser , Livingston Wechie , appealed to party supporters to remain calm .
Aguma added that the appeal that was struck out was already withdrawn by his council for being statute barred , being a pre -election matter.
He , however, disclosed that a second appeal filed in December 2020 before the apex court was yet to be heard .

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