The Appeal Court had on Monday given the APC candidates in the state some hope when it stayed the execution of the lower court judgment.
In October 2018, a State High Court nullified the two candidates produced by one faction loyal to the minister of transportation Rotimi Amaechi and the other loyal to serving senator, Magnus Abe, following the controversies that marred the party’s primaries.
The two factions conducted parallel primaries that produced two sets of candidates.
While the faction loyal to Amaechi produced Tonye Cole as its state governorship candidate, the other loyal to Abe, produced him as its own candidate.
The national secretariat of the APC, however, forwarded Cole’s name to INEC.
However, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement also lauded the apex court for its courage in delivering the landmark judgment and described the ruling as a victory for democracy and the rule of law.
Ologbondiyan stated that the judgement has saved the nation from a serious constitutional crisis that could have marred the 2019 general elections.
He said, “The judgment of the Supreme Court serves as a huge lesson to politicians and political parties, to eschew impunity and always conduct their affairs in a manner that is in tandem with the provision of the law.
“The courage displayed by the Supreme Court in delivering the judgment at this critical time in our national life has also restored the confidence of Nigerians in the institution of the Judiciary and our democratic order.
“The PDP, however, urges its teeming members across the country to continue to work hard in consolidating on the already established victory of our great party in all elections, beginning with next Saturday’s Presidential election.”