Felix Obuah
Felix Obuah

Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt

The Chairman of Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Felix Obuah, has said the party would not accept the disqualification of its candidate for Akuku-Toru state Constituency 2, Tonye Awari Alalibo, describing it as not only illegal and mischievous but also highly vexatious.

He insisted, “No Election Petition Tribunal nor the Election Appeal Tribunal, including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has the power to disqualify any party candidate (as provided for in the 2012 Electoral Act as amended), and for which the PDP and its candidate for Akuku-Toru State Constituency 2 are already in court.”

He also said no Election Petition Tribunal or Appeal Tribunal has right to disqualify any candidate, when the issue of disqualification was not part of the subject matter before both the Election Petition Tribunal and Appeal Tribunal.

“Accordingly, INEC lacks powers to disqualify the PDP candidate. Therefore, the purported disqualification of our candidate for Akuku-Toru Constituency 2, when the PDP logo was on the ballot paper and our candidate participated and won the election is preposterous,” he said.

He accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of being responsible for the disqualification, adding that the party (APC) was doing everything possible to grab power.

He called on the people of Akuku-Toru to remain calm and watch events as they unfold.