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S’court strikes out suit seeking to determine authentic guber candidate of Rivers APC

S’court strikes out suit seeking to determine authentic guber candidate of Rivers APC
April 08
16:54 2019

The supreme court has struck out an application seeking to know the authentic governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state.

Magnus Abe, a serving senator, had asked the apex court to determine which faction produced the authentic governorship candidate for the APC in Rivers.

Abe emerged governorship candidate of his faction while Tonye Cole was produced as the candidate of the faction led by Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation.

Before the senator filed the application, the apex court upheld the decision of appeal court which affirmed the verdict of the lower court nullifying the primary polls of both factions.

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Based on this circumstance, the APC did not participate in the governorship election that held on March 9.

At the court on Monday, a seven-man led by Ibrahim Muhammad , acting chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), said Abe was supposed to file the application not more than 14 days after the lower court had given its verdict.

The panel also faulted the manner in which the application was filed saying that the senator did not comply with laid down procedures.

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Muhammad said the applicants joined parties who did not have a stake in the matter.

The panel held that the application “lacked merit” and then struck it out.

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