2019: End of the road for Rivers APC as supreme court bars it from fielding candidates

2019: End of the road for Rivers APC as supreme court bars it from fielding candidates

Chidi Samuel|

The supreme court on Tuesday dismissed the appeal filed by the Rivers state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the decision of INEC and lower courts barring it from fielding candidates in the 2019 elections.

Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour who headed a five-man panel struck out the appeal filed by the faction of the party loyal to Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation.

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

The court also dismissed three other appeals filed by the APC, Ojukaye Flag Amachree and Tonye Patrick Cole on the grounds that they were statute barred.

They were filed outside the time allowed under section 285(9) and (12) of the constitution, the court said.

Justice Amina Augie, who read the judgement on the three other appeals, said the appellants have no leg to stand on since the main appeal filed by the APC had earlier been struck out in the morning by the court.

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