Supreme Court reserves ruling on competence of appeal over Rivers APC primaries

Supreme Court reserves ruling on competence of appeal over Rivers APC primaries

- A 5-man panel of the Supreme Court led by Justice Musa Datijjo demands for parties in an appeal challenging the legality of the APC primaries in Rivers state to address it on the competence of the appeal

- Counsel to the appellants inform the Supreme Court that the appeal emanated from a consent judgment which was not opposed to by the respondents

The Supreme Court of Nigerian has reserved ruling on a suit challenging the competence of the appeal before the appellate court regarding the legality of the APC primaries in Rivers state.

A 5-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Musa Datijjo demanded for parties in the suit to address it on the competence of the appeal. This was after counsel to Ibrahim Umar, withdrew the motion seeking it to hear the matter within 60 days, TVC News reports.

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Counsel to the appellants told Supreme Court that the appeal emanated from a consent judgment which was not opposed to by the respondents.

Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it might postpone the forthcoming elections in Rivers state if the All Progressive Congress (APC) wins an appeal of the court judgement barring it from participating in the poll.

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Premium Times reports that Obo Effanga, the INEC’s resident electoral commissioner in Rivers said the elections will have to be shifted if the judgement is given close to the election at the time the ballot papers have already been printed.

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