Chairman of the Rivers State APC Caretaker Committee, Barr. Isaac Ogbobula, has enjoined all statutory members of the State Executive Committee to disregard a recent notice of meeting slated for June 13.
In a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Friday titled “Directive To All Statutory Members Of The All Progressives Congress (Apc) Rivers State Chapter To Disregard Meeting Invitation Circulated By Igo Aguma” Barr Isaac described the proposed gathering notice issued by Igo Aguma as illegal. He therefore maintained that caretaker committee constituted by NWC remains valid.
Read Full Statement Below:
“ISAAC ABBOT OGBOBULA
DIRECTIVE TO ALL STATUTORY MEMBERS OF THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC) RIVERS STATE CHAPTER TO DISREGARD MEETING INVITATION CIRCULATED BY IGO AGUMA
My attention has been drawn to the newspaper publication of June 12, 2020 in The Nation newspaper, at page VII wherein one Igo Aguma, took out a meeting notice in the name of the Caretaker Committee of the APC, inviting the statutory members of the Party in Rivers State to participate in a virtual meeting scheduled for Saturday June 13, 2020 at 11:00a.m.
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Instructively, the same newspaper publication at page VI had set out the Judgement Order of Hon. Justice G.O. Omereji, dated 9th June 2020 in Suit No. PHC/4355/2019 by which the APC and its National Chairman were directed to constitute a fresh Caretaker Committee within 48 hours of the judgement.
As a party to the said suit, I have exercised my undoubted constitutional right of appeal by filing a Notice of Appeal on 10th June 2020 along with a Motion on Notice for injunction pending appeal/stay of execution. These court processes were duly served on the APC and its National Chairman within the 48 hours timeline given by the Court for the constitution of a fresh Caretaker Committee. As a responsible political party, the APC cannot proceed to execute the judgement of Hon. Justice G.O. Omereji in the face of my appeal and the accompanying application for stay.
The APC being an avowed rule of law tilted Party has to abide by the established principles of the law by the Supreme Court of Nigeria already declared in several decisions. This to the extent not to stifle the undoubted jurisdiction and discretion of the Court to consider and decide on the merits of the pending application for stay of execution of the judgement of Hon. Justice G.O. Omereji. Reference is made to the cases of Alh. Balarabe M. Abubakar v. Unipetrol Nig. Plc (2002) and APC & Ors. v Karfi & Ors. (2017).
The implication therefore is that the status quo ante bellum before the Judgement of Hon. Justice G.O. Omereji remains. This means, that the Caretaker Committee set up by the National Working Committee of the Party in September 2019 headed by me remains intact.
Consequently, having not summoned any meeting of any organ of the APC in the State, I hereby direct all statutory members of the State Executive Committee of the Party to ignore and completely disregard the purported notice of meeting circulated by Igo Aguma.
I and the members of the Caretaker Committee shall in due course by a well publicised notice, call a proper meeting of the appropriate organ of the Party in furtherance of the activities of the Party.
On behalf of the Caretaker Committee of the Party, I hereby enjoin every member of the Party to remain calm notwithstanding the provocative comments or actions of anyone or group of people.
Thank you and God bless.”