By Jubril Bada
The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State has said that the party cannot afford to lose in states where its candidates for various political positions, in the 2023 general elections were nullified by law courts.
The State Director of Media and Publicity of the party, Mr. Steve Otaloro, said this in an interview with The Hope.
The disqualification of the party’s candidates in some states, according to him, was an unfortunate situation, regretting that internal wrangling within the party could have caused the present development in the party.
This development, he assured will not affect the presidential candidate of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu from winning the election, saying that APC members are united.
It would be recalled that the Federal High Courts in Taraba, Adamawa nullified the primaries that produced their governorship candidates, while the Federal High Court sitting in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State nullified all the party’s primary elections in the State.
The primaries in the affected states were nullified following alleged unlawful exclusion of some members of the party as delegates to the primaries.
Otaloro, who posited that the judgments that disqualified the primaries were not final judgement said that the party will appeal the judgement at the appellate courts.
“We are not happy with what happened but l can assure you that it is not over yet, because we will approach the appellate courts.
“It is an unfortunate situation that internal wrangling within the party could lead to such.
” People should have learnt their lessons due to the disqualification of party’s primaries.
“We strongly believe that there is no how we are going to lose those states .It is just a complex issue that we will look into”
He urged members to respect the party’s constitution and law and process governing primary.