2019: No Rivers APC Candidature As Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal

A Supreme Court sitting in Port Harcourt has dismissed the appeal made by the Rivers State APC after its initial judgement.

The High Court had ruled that the APC will not present any candidate in the 2019 elections in the state as it faulted its primary elections.

The Appeal Court in its ruling had stayed proceedings on the High Court judgement before the Supreme Court, which is the apex court reinstated the initial ruling of the High Court.

In its Tuesday ruling, the apex court dismissed the appeal and told both factions of the party that the matter was a pre-election issue that ought to have been filed long before now. The Supreme Court said it is in agreement with the applicant’s argument questioning the time of presentation of the appeal, as it’s deemed late for a preelection matter.

The faction led by Magnus Abe had appealed the Court of Appeal’s stay of execution with the other faction criticising the manner in which the appeal was filed, saying it was not certified.

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However, the court defended Abe’s faction and said its appeal had merit.

The new decision of the Supreme Court may be the final straw that has broken the Rivers APC’s camel back.

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