Just two days after the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State concluded what did look like a successful ward congress, the party has been hit with a court order directing that it maintains status quo.
The fresh court order comes less than 24 hours after a vocal member of the Chibuike Rotimi Ameachi camp of the party in the state, Chizi Enyi, raised an alarm that the exercise was fraught with irregularities.
The High Court in Port Harcourt, in a notice seen by our correspondent late Monday, asked the party’s caretaker committee chairman, Isaac Ogbogbula, to maintain status quo pending hearing and determination of motion on notice of interlocutory injunction.
Many had thought that the trending picture of some key members of the Senator Magnus Ngei Abe camp smiling during the commissioning of the new party secretariat had suggested that the years of in-fighting and internal crisis had ended.
However, Monday’s court order which has now punctured the credibility of Saturday’s congress does appear to have opened old wounds, even as Thursday, August 5, has been fixed to entertain arguments on the motion for interlocutory injunction.
Meanwhile, the Isaac Ogbobula led caretaker committee is yet to react to the development.