Court Nullifies APC Primaries In Rivers

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Tuesday nullified all the primaries conducted by the ruling All Progressive Congress in the state over unlawful exclusion of some members of the party as delegates to the primaries.

The court gave its ruling yesterday, following a suit brought before it by some aggrieved members of the APC who had, during the primaries of the party, lamented exclusion.

During the APC primaries, some members of the party had alleged exclusion and took protests to the state Secretariat of the party in Port Harcourt.

A claimant, George Orlu and four others who claimed to have purchased nomination forms had approached the court requesting that the primaries of the APC in the state be nullified following their alleged exclusion in the process.

The court in its decision ruled that the persons were unlawfully excluded from the primaries.

Justice E.A. Obile, held that the aggrieved persons were shut out of the primaries unlawfully, adding that the process amounted to nullity.

Obile in the judgment agreed with the plaintiffs that they were wrongly excluded in the process to participate in the party primaries.

He, therefore, ruled that all those elected from the primary elections stand nullified and should not be recognised as candidates.

Recall that some aggrieved members of the APC loyal to the Governorship Candidate of Social Democratic Party, Senator Magnus Abe, had approached the Court challenging the conduct of the primary election with claims of exclusion from the delegates’ primaries conducted in the state.

Source: The Punch

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