Court Speaks On Rivers Election: The court of appeal today has ordered INEC to include APC candidates in the forthcoming general election in Rivers state.
The Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, January, nullified both the direct and indirect primaries conducted by two (2) factions of the party. Also restraining INEC from recognizing any candidates of the APC for the 2019 general election in the state.
Wheras a faction of the party supporting former Governor Rotimi Ameachi had produced Tonye Cole as its candidate from its primaries. The other supporters of senator Magnus Abe produced him as its own candidate. Therefore, the national secretariat of the party recognized Cole as the main candidate of the party and forwarded his name to INEC.
Following the ruling on a suit filed by Magnus Abe, the court noticed that both the direct and indirect primaries were held during the pendency of the suit at the Rivers State High Court. According to Omotosho, the APC conducted the indirect primaries in gross disrespect of the pending suit before the court.
The court, therefore, held that the names sent by the Chibuike Amaechi faction and the National Working Committee of the APC to INEC for the forthcoming general elections were illegal and shouldn’t be regarded. APC in Rivers was omitted when INEC released its list of candidates for the general election last week which based on the ruling of the High Court. However, the party has been waiting for Appeal Court hoping to get a different decision on the controversy, which has now happened. Finally APC members are satisfied as the Appeal court speaks on the upcoming Rivers election.
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