Elections: Hope dims for Rivers APC as Supreme Court upholds judgement barring its candidates

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The Supreme Court has struck out an appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress, APC, challenging the judgment of a High Court in Rivers State which barred the party from conducting any primaries in the state to nominate candidates to represent the party in the forthcoming general elections.

The appeal followed the decision of the Court of Appeal in Port-Harcourt, which upheld the judgment of the High Court of Rivers State which voided the primaries conducted by the faction loyal to Rotimi Amaechi and the other loyal to Senator Magnus Abe.

Relying on the judgment, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, failed to enlist candidates of the party for the governorship, national and state assembly elections.

A five-man panel of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour had scheduled judgment after arguments, on Monday, from lawyer to the faction loyal to Amaechi, Lateef Fagbemi SAN and Henry Bello, who represented the faction loyal to Abe.

At its sitting today, a member of the panel, Amir Sanusi, said the apex court will give reasons for striking out the suit, at a yet to be known date.

However, the court is yet to rule on three pending appeals on the APC primaries in the state.

Fagbemi and Bello argued the appeal filed by the APC, in which the court said it will give judgment on Tuesday will be binding on the other appeals.

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