2019: Supreme Court dashes hopes of APC having a candidate in Rivers

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The Supreme Court, on Friday, upheld the judgement given by the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, barring the All Progressives Congress from the general elections in Rivers State.

The Federal High court was presided over by Justice Omotosho.

On Monday, the Appeal court stayed the execution of the lower court judgement, giving hope to the APC candidates in the state.

In a decision on Friday, the court said the appellate court failed to invoke relevant sections of the law in voiding the decision of the Federal High Court barring the party from participating in elections in the state.

A faction of the APC in the state had challenged the decision of the high court at the Court of Appeal Court.
The court questioned the basis upon which the appeal court reached its ruling and set the decision aside while upholding the ruling of the high court.

With this judgment, Rivers State APC candidates will not be participating in the National Assembly election on February 16 as well as the governorship and state House of Assembly elections on March 2.

Recall that Today’s Echo on January 22, published a story on how internal squabbles are putting APC’s chances in Rivers State in jeopardy

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