BREAKING: Appeal Court Grants Stay Of Execution Of Judgement Nullifying Rivers APC Primaries

The Appeal Court sitting in Port Harcourt has granted a stay of execution of the judgement of the Federal High Court nullifying all primaries of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State and restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission from fielding candidates in the general election.

It would be recalled that the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division last year confirmed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State will not field any candidates during the 2019 General elections when it dismissed the appeal filed by the factional Rivers State APC Governorship Candidate Mr Tonye Cole.

On October 10, 2018, a High Court in Port Harcourt nullified the nomination of Mr Tonye Cole as the APC governorship candidate in Rivers; on the ground that his nomination is a function of illegality and unconstitutional acts.

The court also nullified the state’s APC senatorial, House of Representatives and House of Assembly primaries conducted on the premise of the illegal ward congresses.

The High Court further nullified all the elections of Rivers APC Ward Executives, Local Government Executives and State Executive Committee that arose from the illegal ward congresses.

In a judgment delivered by Justice Chiwendu Nwogu, in a suit filed by Ibrahim Imah and 22 others, against the APC, the court declared that the ward congresses of Rivers APC were illegal because they were not conducted in line with the APC Guidelines and Constitution.

 

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