Khana/Gokana Federal Constituency: Why I Will Not Challenge Appeal Court Verdict At The Supreme Court
President-General of Ogoni Youth Federation (OYF), LEGBORSI SUNDAY YAMABANA has come out to reveal that PDP in the Khana/Gokana Constituency would not a candidate for the House of Representatives, should he go ahead and challenge the candidate of the PDP in the area at the Supreme Court and eventually wins.
His reason are contained in a press statement he personally signed and made available to BraveViews.
Read details below:
As you all know, I am a Youth leader with strong influence across Ogoniland, and the larger Rivers society. I ran for the House of Representatives seat for Khana/Gokana Federal Constituency on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but was denied right of participation even after I acquired the nomination and expression of interest forms, fulfilling the required creteria for me to contest that primaries, in line with the PDP guidelines and electoral Act.
I challenged that decision up to the Appeal Court. The window of appeal up to the supreme Court is still open, but I have chosen not to so do.
The reason is that, based on the current electoral Act, if I proceed to Supreme Court, even where my opponent lo
oses, I will not be allowed to contest the polls because I did not participate in the primary elections, and that can deny the PDP from presenting a candidate for Khana/Gokana Federal Constituency in the 2023 general elections. As a committed and loyal party man, I am making this sacrifice in the interest of our great party, the PDP.
I am a member of the PDP, I believe in the PDP and no matter what happened, I will not leave the PDP. Even the beneficiary of my political benevolence on this issue – Rt. Hon. Dum Dekor, for the sake of the PDP, I will cast my vote for him, and I urge all my supporters to toll the same path.
This clarification has become imperative because some people may think that my not pushing ahead to the supreme Court may be due to some financial undercurrent. I can assure you that nothing as such happened and I am not that kind of person.
May I seize this medium to applaud the Executive Governor of Rivers State for his landmark performance and call on my teeming supporters in Khana/Gokana Federal Constituency, and Ogoni to vote massively for the PDP gubernatorial candidate, Sim Fubara. Sim is not only young and competent, he is also experienced, a technocrat and astute administrator. He will certainly consolidate on the extraordinary achievements of Governor Wike.
A vote for Sim Fubara is the only way to guarantee youth inclusion in the governance of Rivers State. Ogonis equally stand a great chance of ensuring that our quest for political emancipation, economic empowerment, equity as well as human capital cum infrastructural development for Ogoni, can be achieved.
This election is about our lives, existence and political future as Ogonis. I see hope and therefore, is urging Ogonis to stand with Sir Sim Fubara in the greater interest of our people.
Comrade Legborsi Yamaabana
President-General, Ogoni Youth Federation (OYF) and Chairman, Rivers State Ethnic Youth Leaders Coalition (RSEYLC)