Rivers election: Supreme court dismisses APC's appeal for lacking in merit

Rivers election: Supreme court dismisses APC's appeal for lacking in merit

The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) praying that the court should set aside its earlier judgement that upheld the decision of the lower courts barring Rivers APC from fielding any candidate for the 2019 polls in the state.

The apex court, on Thursday, April 11, dismissed the application for lacking in merit, This Day reports.

Legit.ng gathers that the ruling was given by a seven-member panel of justices of the Supreme Court led by the acting chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad.

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The panel held that the APC’s appeal was defective, incompetent and should be struck out.

The APC's counsel, Justin Okutepa (SAN), had urged the apex court to depart from its previous decision that held that the APC in Rivers cannot field any candidates in the just concluded general elections.

The court was, however, urged by the counsel to the 1st respondent, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Emmanuel Ukalla (SAN), to strike out the appeal or dismiss it in its entirety for lacking in merit.

The court granted the request of the counsel to the 1st respondent by dismissing the appeal for being incompetent.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of intimidating Supreme Court justices on the matter of exclusion of its candidate in the just concluded Rivers governorship election.

The party's national publicity secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Monday, April 8.

He said the party read with dismay the statement by the PDP against the minister of transport, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

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He said: “While the APC has no intention to join issues with the PDP over its fictional and concocted allegations against the party and its leaders. We are however well aware of the PDP’s intent to hoodwink and deceive the public, and most importantly, intimidate and blackmail our eminent Supreme Court Justices."

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