“Though the APC does not have governorship candidate in Rivers, the people of the state were very important to the party. Whatever has happened in Rivers, and whatever Amaechi has done, is completely normal and acceptable to this party. “If we have the opportunity of working with a party that will abide by our principles, it is within our right to work with such a party to ensure that we free the people of Rivers from hardship.”
Whatever has happened in Rivers, and whatever Amaechi has done, is completely normal and acceptable to this party.
In Imo, Okorocha backed Uche Nwosu of Action Alliance against Hope Uzodinma of APC. Both candidates, however, lost to Emeka Ihedioha of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
In Rivers State, the Supreme Court barred the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from accepting candidates from APC because of internal squabbling between two factions of the party.
One APC faction in Rivers is loyal to the Minister of Transportation, Amaechi, and another loyal to Magnus Abe, a senator. While APC headquarters in Abuja recognised Amaechi’s faction, Abe appealed the decision in court, which eventually led to the Supreme Court decision.
When the APC realised its legal challenge to its disqualification by INEC had reached a dead end, Amaechi urged party loyalists in Rivers to vote for the candidate of African Action Congress, AAC, Biokpomabo Awara.