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2019: Court bars all sacked APC candidates in rivers from parading as nominees

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A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has granted an injunction stopping all sacked candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State from parading themselves as candidates for the 2019 General Elections.

He said that the Rivers APC will not participate in the governorship, Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly elections in 2019.

Justice Kolawole Omotosho also granted a mandatory injunction directing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remove all APC candidates from ballot papers and other electoral materials.

The Court gave his judgment in a suit filed by the Rivers State PDP asking the court to compel INEC to obey the judgment of the Rivers State High Court nullifying all Rivers State APC Primaries and congresses.

Justice Omotosho declared: “An order is made stopping Rivers APC nominees from parading themselves as candidates for the 2019 General elections “.

He re-affirmed his directive in the suit between Senator Magnus and others versus Rivers APC that INEC cannot recognise any candidates presented by the APC for the 2019 General Elections.

He added that all the primaries conducted by the Rivers State APC having been nullified by the State High Court remains invalid because the judgment has not been set aside.

Therefore, Justice Omotosho said that the APC in Rivers State has no right to nominate any candidates for all the elections.

The Court warned against the wilful disobedience of court orders, saying that it is detrimental to the rule of law.

Counsel to the PDP, Dike Udena expressed happiness with the judgment. He said since the APC failed to comply with the Electoral Act, they cannot participate in the elections in 2019.

Counsel to Senator Magnus Abe, Mr Henry Bello said the court emphasised obedience to court orders, saying that the nullification is the consequence of the imposition of candidates. He said that Senator Magnus Abe and others will appeal the judgment.

Also speaking, Counsel to APC, Emenike Ebete said that the APC will challenge the two judgments. He added that the APC will also file papers for stay of execution of the judgments.

He expressed dissatisfaction that the court barred Rivers APC candidates from parading themselves as nominees for the elections.

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