Court throws out suit by Amaechi-backed AAC in Rivers state

Court throws out suit by Amaechi-backed AAC in Rivers state

A suit filed by the African Action Congress (AAC) against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja was, on Tuesday, April 2, dismissed.

The suit was filed by the AAC and one other questioning the propriety of the handling of the last governorship and state Assembly elections, especially as it relates to the announcement of the results.

The Nation reports that in a judgement, Justice Inyang Ekwo said since the case was election-related, the plaintiffs should take their case before an election tribunal.

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Justice Ekwo declined jurisdiction and dismissed the case.

According to the report, the suit with number FHC/ ABJ/CS/303/2019, has the AAC, Engr Biokpomabo Festus Awara and Pastor Ben-Gurion John Peter as plaintiffs, while INEC and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are the defendants.

According to the report, the plaintiffs had argued that INEC had earlier admitted that the election in Rivers state was marred with violence.

The plaintiffs said INEC claimed that this compromised the credibility of the entire process, and thereby suspended the election.

They argued that without calling for a fresh election, INEC announced that it was set to continue with the exercise Wednesday, 20th March 2019 earlier reported that earlier reported that the Rivers state chapter of the AAC expressed dissatisfaction over INEC’s decision to complete the collation of results for the governorship and state House of Assembly elections.

INEC had suspended the electoral process in the state on Sunday, March 10, following widespread violence orchestrated by thugs and military involvements.

However, on Friday night, March 15, the commission said that the process would be completed, having confirmed the receipt of the results from 17 local governments out of 23 and also ascertained that the declaration and returns for 21 state constituencies out of 32 were made prior to the suspension.

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