Court nullifies Rivers APC primaries, restrains INEC from recognising Candidates

Chidi Samuel|

A Federal High court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, on Monday, nullified the direct and indirect primaries conducted by the two factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

The suit challenging the eligibility of the APC primaries was filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers state.

The court, presided over by Justice Kolawole Omotosho, also restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from presenting Tonye Cole and Magnus Abe as governorship candidates in the general elections.

The judge said none of the primaries were conducted according to the law. He noted that the INEC did not do well by submitting names of candidates without consideration of previous court orders.

One of the counsels to the APC factions, however, told journalists that the judgement will be appealed at the Supreme Court.

Crisis erupted in the Rivers APC during the governorship primaries held in 2018 in the state.

Senator Abe in a direct governorship primary conducted by a faction of the APC was declared winner after he got 144, 929 votes while in an indirect primary held in the state by another faction of the APC, Cole was declared the winner with 3,329 votes.