APC Can't Present Candidates In Rivers State, Supreme Court Affirms

The judgment delivered by the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, barring the All Progressives Congress from the general elections in Rivers State, was on Friday upheld by the Supreme Court.

The Appeal Court had on Monday given the APC candidates in the state some hope when it stayed the execution of the lower court judgment.

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In October 2018, a State High Court nullified the two candidates produced by one faction loyal to the minister of transportation Rotimi Amaechi and the other loyal to serving senator, Magnus Abe, following the controversies that marred the party’s primaries.

The two factions conducted parallel primaries that produced two sets of candidates.

While the faction loyal to Amaechi produced Cole as its state governorship candidate, the other loyal to Abe, produced him as its own candidate.

The national secretariat of the APC, however, forwarded Cole’s name to INEC.

In a suit filed by Abe, the Federal High court declared that the APC, for failing to respect the law, must bear the consequences of her disobedience to the law.

The judge Kolawole Omotosho maintained that Rivers APC would not participate in the gubernatorial, Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly elections.

Omotosho said the plaintiffs do not have legal standing given the fact that they hinged their request on the ruling of the state high court, which nullified primaries conducted by the APC.

He, therefore, issued a restraining order, asking INEC not to recognise the candidates of the APC until a higher court of competent jurisdiction sets aside the ruling.