Labour Party reacts to disqualification of Rivers NASS candidates by court

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The Rivers State chapter of the Labour Party has vowed to appeal the disqualification of its three national assembly candidates for the 2023 general election by a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt.

The court presided over by Justice Stephen Daylop-Pam had in a ruling on a suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP disqualified the candidates for breaching the electoral act 2022.

The party in a statement, described the judgement as unclear and bias.

Hon. Dienye Pepple, LP Rivers State Chairman said the three (3) of our candidates have already been substituted for Federal House of Representatives in Rivers East Senatorial District.

He listed the affected constituencies as Phalga 1, Phalga 2 and Obio/Akpor.

He said “It is Crystal clear that the PDP wants to contest the elections alone as they have taken virtually all other political Parties to court in a bid to disqualify all.

“For us in Labour Party, the judgment does not represent the true reality of things as the affected Candidates have already been substituted, hence the Party is already preparing to appeal the matter for the affected constituencies as we are still hopeful that justice would prevail.

“The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has no Locus on this matter and their efforts to discourage our people to go to the poll and vote for our credible candidates would be defeated with God on our side.

“We encourage you to remain resolute in our collective commitment to take back Rivers State and our Country by voting massively for Labour Party come 2023”