2019: No Candidates For Rivers APC — Appeal Court Affirms
All candidates, including Tonye Cole, stand disqualified
The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, on Wednesday, upheld the decision of the lower court that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State will not field any candidates during the 2019 General elections.
The Court also upheld the decision of Justice Chinwendu Nwogu that Rivers State has no ward executives, local government executives and State Executives.
The presiding judge, Justice Abubakar Yahaya dismissed the two appeals for lack of merit.
The appellate court affirmed that all APC candidates stand disqualified, including the governorship candidate, Mr Tonye Cole.
It, therefore, dismissed the appeal filed by Sacked Rivers State APC State Chairman, Mr Ojukaye Flag Amachree.
Delivering his judgement Justice Yahaya said the appeal against the Justice Chinwendu Nwogu High Court judgement on the party Congress crisis lacks merit.
Besides, he ruled that the application for joinder fail outside the stipulated 14 days rules for appeal.
It could be recalled that a High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, on October 10, nullified the nomination of Mr. Tonye Cole, as the APC governorship candidate.
The court premised its decision on the pretext that his nomination is ‘a function of illegality and unconstitutional acts’.
The Court also nullified the Rivers State APC Senatorial, House of Representatives and House of Assembly Primaries conducted on the same context.
It, as well, nullified all the elections of Rivers APC Ward Executives, Local Government Executives and State Executive Committee that arose from the illegal ward congresses.