Glimmer Of Hope For APC In Rivers State As Appeal Court Orders INEC To List APC Candidates In The State
The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State, has granted stay of execution of the lower court’s judgement nullifying all primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, and restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from fielding the party’s candidates in the forthcoming general election.
INEC had initially released the list of candidates for the general election last week, but omitted APC in Rivers, based on the ruling of the High Court. INEC however, made it clear that it would wait for the ruling of the Appeal Court, before taking its final stand.
It would be recalled that in January, Justice Kolawole Omotosho of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, nullified both the direct and indirect primaries conducted by two factions of the APC party. He also restrained INEC from recognising any candidates of the APC for the 2019 general election in the state.
A faction of APC loyal to Rotimi Ameachi had produced Tonye Cole as its candidate, while the other Faction loyal to Senator Magnus Abe produced him as its own candidate. The national secretariat of the APC in Rivers State, recognised Cole as the authentic candidate and forwarded his name to INEC.
However, this latest ruling by the River State Court of Appeal, may mean that Tonye Cole will contest for the governorship elections as the APC candidate in the state.
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