Court nullifies Rivers APC Governorship Nomination, Rivers APC Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly Nominations

A High Court in Port Harcourt on Wednesday nullified the
nomination of Mr Tonye Cole as the Governorship Candidate of the
All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State on the ground that
his nomination is a function of illegality and unconstitutional acts.
The Court also nullified the the Rivers State APC Senatorial, House
of Representatives and House of Assembly Primaries conducted
on the premise of the illegal ward congresses.
The High Court further nullified all the elections of Rivers APC
Ward Executives, Local Government Executives and State
Executive Committee that arose from the illegal ward congresses.
In a judgment delivered by Justice Chiwendu Nwogu in a suit filed
by Ibrahim Imah and twenty-two others against the APC, the Court
declared that the ward congresses of Rivers APC were illegal
because they were not conducted in line with the APC Guidelines
and Constitution.
Justice Nwogu set aside the ward congresses of Rivers APC on
May 19, 2018, Local Government Congresses of May 19, 2018 and
State Congress of the party of May 21, 2018.
He stated that all actions taken by the APC during the pedancy of
the suit have been set aside because they are illegal and
Justice Nwogu declared that all those who purchased nomination
forms for the ward congresses were entitled to contest the ward
congresses of May 19, 2018, but were unjustly excluded by the
He said: “The Rule by might must be checked by the rule of law.
We must restore the hope of the common man in the justice
Justice Nwogu who based his judgement on the Amaechi versus
INEC Matter of 2007, noted that having studied the submissions in
the matter, he was bound to make consequential orders to ensure
that justice was done in the case.
He stated that the High Court has jurisdiction to entertain the
matter as an Appeal filed by the respondents at the Court of
Appeal, Port Harcourt to stop proceedings on the suit was rejected
by the Appellate Court on September 21, 2018.
He stated that all through the hearing, the APC filed no counter-
affidavit denying the facts of the matter as presented by the
applicants in the originating summons.
Justice Nwogu said that it is trite law that facts not disputed are
deemed admitted.
On the suit filed in an Abuja High Court by a faction of the APC ,
Justice Nwogu declared that the court is of coordinate jurisdiction
with the High Court in Port Harcourt and cannot sit in appeal over
it. He added that the suit filed by Ibrahim Imah, preceded that of
the Abuja High Court by a faction of the Rivers State APC.
Earlier before the delivery of the judgment, a counsel to the APC,
Prince OSM Azunda moved a motion seeking to stop the delivery
of the judgment.
However, Justice Nwogu dismissed his application which he
termed as a ploy to arrest the judgement.
Following the judgment, the APC no longer has a candidate for the
governorhip, Senate, House of Representatives, House of
Assembly Elections in the forthcoming 2019 General Elections.
The APC also has no State Working Committee, Local Government
Working Committees and Ward Executives.

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  1. Good update

  2. Good post

  3. hmmm

  4. OK

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