Just in: APC reacts to court ruling barring it from presenting candidates in Rivers in 2019

Just in: APC reacts to court ruling barring it from presenting candidates in Rivers in 2019

- The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it is studying the ruling of a court that barred INEC from recognising its candidates in Rivers state

- The spokesperson of the APC, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, says the party would make its decision on the ruling known to Nigerians soon

- The ruling party confirms that it has received the judgement by the court sitting in Port Harcourt

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it is studying a ruling by the Federal High Court restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognising any of its candidates for the forthcoming general elections in Rivers.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC national publicity secretary, stated this while reacting to the development on Monday in Abuja.

The spokesperson of the APC said that the party would make its decision on the ruling known to Nigerians soon.

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“We have received the news of the judgment of the Federal High Court regarding our candidates for the coming elections in Rivers.

“We are currently studying the decision of the court. We will make our position known to the public in due course,” he said.

The court sitting in Port Harcourt restrained INEC from recognising any candidate of the APC for the forthcoming general elections in Rivers and nullified all nominations of the APC in Rivers for the forthcoming elections.

It was learnt that the court ruled specifically that the APC could not participate in the governorship, Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly elections during the polls in the state.

In his judgement in a suit filed by Senator Magnus Abe and others, against Rivers APC chapter, Justice Kolawole Omotosho declared that the APC for failing to respect the law must bear the consequences.

Accordingly, Omotosho held that the direct and indirect primaries of the Rivers APC were illegal, null and void.

He APC conducted the indirect primaries in gross disrespect of the pending suit before Justice Chinwendu Nwogu of the Rivers high court.

The judge noted that the judgment of Justice Chinwendu Nwogu nullifying the primaries of the APC in Rivers was yet to be set aside by an appellate court, hence, it remains valid.

He further held that the names sent by the Rotimi Amaechi faction and the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC to INEC for the forthcoming general elections were illegal and should be disregarded.

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According to the judge, the direct primaries conducted by the Senator Magnus Abe faction of the Rivers APC chapter were illegal.

He said both the Abe and the Amaechi factions had no leg to stand, in view of the judgment, hence, both factions were disqualified from participating in the elections.

Legit.ng understands that Abe had taken the APC to court in the last quarter of 2018 after the party’s primaries in the state, which he said was marred with irregularities.

It was earlier reported that Senator Magnus Abe warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) against fielding any other governorship candidate apart from him in the oncoming general elections.

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