By Mohammed Usman – Lokoja
Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly and Candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress in the forthcoming General Elections in 2023, Rt. Hon. (Prince) Matthew Kolawole has urged his supporters and party faithfuls to remain calm and be law abiding as arrangements are being put in place to approach the Court of Appeal to review the decision of the lower court in line with instant laws in suit number FHC/LKJ/CS/35/2022, filed to compel INEC upload and publish his particulars as the duly elected candidate of the APC for Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency in year 2023 general election.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Femi Olugbemi and made available to newsmen today in Lokoja, the Speaker has directed his erudite legal team to immediately set in motion all arrangements needed to appeal the outcome of the judgement delivered yesterday the 8th day of September, 2022 in Lokoja by His Lordship, Hon. Justice Peter H Mallong, stressing that he has firm belief and confidence in the judiciary to serve justice at the appellate court.
He said his decision to challenge the judgement is premise on the fact that many of the party’s candidates in other Constituencies in the country who falls in his category had gotten judgement in their favor, stressing that Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency cannot be an exception.
He said there is no controversy about the fact that he emerged the winner of the party primary held on the 27th May, 2022 in Kabba the Constituency headquarters duly monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies where he pulled the highest valid votes.
The speaker assured his supporters and party faithfuls that the All Progressives Congress as a party will be on the ballot to contest the election for Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency during 2023 General Election, the extra ordinary Speaker noted that no matter the efforts of detractors the party will succeed and be victorious in it’s elections in 2023.
It will be recalled that the Rt. Hon. Matthew Kolawole had approached the Federal High Court, Lokoja for an order to compel INEC to open it’s portal for his name to be uploaded as the duly elected candidate of the All Progressives Congress for Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency of Kogi State which was decided yesterday, the Rt. Hon. Speaker has taken the decision to appeal because he knows delayed occasion in publishing his name having been validly nominated and sponsored by the All Progressives Congress can not be visited on him.