The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) said on Friday that it never expected the Supreme Court ruling which barred it from fielding candidates in Rivers State.

APC National Publicity Secretary Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu who fielded questions from journalists said the party’s legal team were looking at the judgement.

Issa-Onilu said, “Our legal department is looking into the judgement of the Supreme Court. It is not the kind of judgement we looked forward to base on the facts that we are aware of.

The only option before us now is to review this judgement and see what other means that is legal. We think we deserve to field candidates in Rivers state. We know we did the right thing. We had our primaries even though there are issues around it.

“I don’t know why it appears the APC is the only party that is being subjected to this kind of scrutiny from the electoral body.

It is the same APC that PDP has continued to raise flags as being the party that wants to rig election and is supposed to be working in cahoots with INEC. If this is the way to work in cahoots with INEC, we need to ask further questions. We know what we did in Rivers compared to what PDP did in many of the thirty-six states.

“PDP shouldn’t field candidates in many states if the same parameters applied by the electoral body are applied to the PDP.

Our legal department will review the outcome of this as unpalatable as it is and we will be able to say categorically the next step we might be taking and come out with it in due course.”

The spokesman, who spoke on a wide range of issues, expressed readiness of the party to win the coming elections.

He particularly reacted to the Party’s affirmation of Senator Ayogu Eze as Enugu State Governorship Candidate, Imo APC suspension of State Governor, comments by Governor Nasir Elrufai on foreign interference In our elections, the court ruling on Niger East Senatorial Candidate, the recnt police redeployments and the preparedness for elections.

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