Court Stops INEC From Recognising APC's Two Rivers Governorship Candidates
A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has nullified the primaries conducted by the two factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State.
In the judgment given on Monday, the court also restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from presenting Tonye Cole, Magnus Abe and other candidates of the APC in the 2019 governorship election in the state.
The presiding judge, Justice Kolawole Omotosho declared that the indirect primaries in which Tonye Cole emerged was conducted against a court order. He declared the primaries as null and void and set aside the primaries conducted by the Ojukaye Amachree-led faction.
The court also set aside the direct primaries that produced Magnus Abe as the Rivers APC governorship candidate, because the National Executive Committee of APC did not participate or supervise the primary.
He declared that the Henry Odike faction had no right to nominate any candidate for the 2019 general election.