The All Progressives Congress (APC) has been barred from presenting candidates for the governorship and legislative polls in Rivers State at the forthcoming 2019 elections.

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Monday declared null and void the direct and indirect primaries conducted by two factions of the Rivers APC in 2018.

Justice Kolawole Omotosho, while delivering his judgment also restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognising any candidates of the Rivers APC for the 2019 general elections.

Premium Times reports that two factions of the party had conducted parallel primaries that produced two sets of candidates.

While one faction, loyal to former Governor Rotimi Ameachi produced Tonye Cole as its candidate, the other loyal to serving senator, Magnus Abe, produced him as its own candidate.

The national secretariat of the APC however recognised Mr Cole as the authentic candidate of the party and forward his name to INEC.

Mr Abe subsequently filed a suit seeking redress. The court on Monday however disqualified both Abe and Cole, holding that the Rivers APC having failed to respect the law, must bear the consequences of disobedience to the law.

Justice Omotosho held that both the direct and indirect primaries were held during the pendency of the suit at the Rivers State High Court, an act the court described as constituting gross disrespect to the Rivers State High Court.

He further noted that the judgment of the state high court nullifying the primaries of the APC in Rivers State is yet to be set aside by an appellate court, hence it remains valid.

The court, therefore held that the names sent by the Amaechi faction and the National Working Committee of the APC to INEC for the 2019 general elections were illegal and should be disregarded.

He added that the direct primaries conducted by the Magnus Abe faction were illegal because the National Working Committee of APC did not monitor or participate in the processes.

The judge added that the state high court was clear when it nullified all primaries and congresses held during the pendency of the suit, which included the direct primaries conducted by the Abe faction.

He said that both the Magnus Abe and the Amaechi factions have no leg to stand in view of the judgement, hence both factions are disqualified from participating in the elections.

Premium Times reports that the court held that the APC in Rivers State has no power to nominate and sponsor any candidates for the 2019 General elections.

The court also specifically ruled that the APC cannot participate in the governorship, Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly elections during the 2019 polls in Rivers State.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has been barred from presenting candidates for the governorship and legislative polls in Rivers State at the forthcoming 2019 elections.

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Monday declared null and void the direct and indirect primaries conducted by two factions of the APC in Rivers in 2018.

Justice Kolawole Omotosho, while delivering his judgment also restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognising any candidates of the APC for the 2019 general elections in the state.

Premium Times reports that two factions of the party had conducted parallel primaries that produced two sets of candidates.

While one faction, loyal to former Governor Rotimi Ameachi produced Tonye Cole as its candidate, the other loyal to serving senator, Magnus Abe, produced him as its own candidate.

The national secretariat of the APC however recognised Mr Cole as the authentic candidate of the party and forward his name to INEC.

Mr Abe subsequently filed a suit seeking redress. The court on Monday however disqualified both Abe and Cole, holding that the APC having failed to respect the law, must bear the consequences of disobedience to the law.

Justice Omotosho held that both the direct and indirect primaries were held during the pendency of the suit at the Rivers State High Court, an act the court described as constituting gross disrespect to the Rivers State High Court.

He further noted that the judgment of the state high court nullifying the primaries of the APC in Rivers State is yet to be set aside by an appellate court, hence it remains valid.

The court, therefore held that the names sent by the Amaechi faction and the National Working Committee of the APC to INEC for the 2019 general elections were illegal and should be disregarded.

He added that the direct primaries conducted by the Magnus Abe faction were illegal because the National Working Committee of APC did not monitor or participate in the processes.

The judge added that the state high court was clear when it nullified all primaries and congresses held during the pendency of the suit, which included the direct primaries conducted by the Abe faction.

He said that both the Magnus Abe and the Amaechi factions have no leg to stand in view of the judgement, hence both factions are disqualified from participating in the elections.

Premium Timesreports that the court held that the APC in Rivers State has no power to nominate and sponsor any candidates for the 2019 General elections.

The court also specifically ruled that the APC cannot participate in the governorship, Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly elections during the 2019 polls in Rivers State.

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