- Following the nullification of APC congresses and primaries in Rivers state, the party has said it would appeal the court judgment
- The court declared that the ward congresses were not conducted in line with the APC guidelines and constitution and so, were illegal
- The Rivers APC said ther was no cause for alarm as its legal team is already finalising the paperwork to file an appeal on the judgment and stay of execution
The Rivers state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared that it would appeal the court judgment that nullified its congresses and primaries in the state.
Justice Chiwendu Nwogu of a state high court in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, had on Wednesday, October 10, nullified the elections of Rivers APC ward exercises, local government executives and state executive committee.
In the judgment, Justice Nwogu declared that the ward congresses of Rivers APC were illegal because they were not conducted in line with the APC guidelines and constitution. He set aside the ward congresses conducted on May 19, Local Government congresses of May 19, and State Congress of the party of May 21, 2018.
Legit.ng gathered that the suit was filed by one Ibrahim Imah and 22 others against the APC.
Reacting to the judgment, APC publicity secretary in the state, Chris Finebone, said the party was not surprised the court would set aside the congresses. He alleged that the outcome of the judgment confirmed their allegation between the factional governorship candidate, Senator Magnus Abe, and the government.
“We wish to inform APC members and sympathisers of our great party in Rivers state and across Nigeria, to remain calm as we are well prepared in anticipation of today’s ruling and have, therefore, done the needful.
“Despite aspects of the matter which are already before the Court of Appeal and the Nigerian Supreme Court, the lower court went ahead to decide on a matter that is being challenged at higher courts of the land.
“Indeed, our legal team is already finalising the paperwork to file an appeal on today’s judgment and stay of execution. There is absolutely no cause for alarm. We are urging our supporters not to lose sleep as appeal have been entered and stay of execution on the matter have been entered,” Finebone said in a statement sent to journalists.
Meanwhile, an Abuja high court has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the APC to show cause within 48 hours why Senator Hope Uzodinma should not be the governorship candidate of APC in Imo state having won the initial primary election conducted by the party.
The order followed an exparte motion filed by Senator Uzodinma asking the court to restrain both the APC and INEC from processing or forwarding any other name as the Imo state governorship candidate of the party except that of himself.
Senator Uzodinma in the suit sought five reliefs from the court presided over by Justice A.O. Musa among which is an injunction restraining APC from conducting fresh primary in Imo state pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
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