The Supreme Court, Tuesday morning, struck out the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the judgment of a High Court in Rivers State which barred the APC from conducting any primaries in the state to nominate candidates to represent the party in the forth coming election.
The Supreme Court had invoked Section 22 of the Supreme Court Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, to overrule the appellate court for admitting the appeal, which had been withdrawn by the APC when it ought to have dismissed same.
The latest Supreme Court verdict followed a suit filed at the Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt by Ibrahim Umah and 22 others against the APC, wherein Justice Chinwendu Nwogu restrained the congresses.
Despite the court’s order, two parallel primaries were held in Rivers State with Magnus Abe and Tonye Cole emerging from both direct and indirect primaries.
The Cole faction, through their lawyers Tuduru Ede and Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), had approached the Court of Appeal asking it to vacate the High Court order and recognise the list of candidates loyal to the party leadership.
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