Supreme Court Bars APC From Rivers State 2019 Elections

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The Supreme Court on Friday shattered the electoral dreams of candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as it quashed the decision of the Court of Appeal which had allowed the APC to field candidates in Rivers State for the 2019 general elections.

The apex court said the Port-Harcourt division of the Appeal Court erred at law by failing to invoke relevant sections of the law in voiding the decision of the Federal High Court, which had barred APC candidates from participating in elections in the state.

The court therefore upheld the ruling of the high court.

The Port Harcourt Federal High Court had nullified the direct and indirect primary elections conducted by two APC factions in the state, ruling that both factions acted in disrespect of a pending suit before a Port Harcourt High Court.

Justice Omotosho ruled that the APC in Rivers could not produce candidates for governorship, national and state assembly polls, while the matter in court is yet to be resolved.

Recall that a faction of the Rivers State APC had challenged the decision of the high court at the Court of Appeal Court.

The Supreme Court decision means that 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.

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