Abe & Amaechi
A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt yesterday, restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognising any candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC ) for the 2019 General elections in Rivers State.
The court said INEC should not recognise any candidate from either the APC chairman Adams Oshiomhole or the INEC boss Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Justice Kolawole Omotosho also nullified all nominations of the APC in Rivers State for the forthcoming elections in 2019,
Ruling specifically that the APC cannot participate in the governorship, Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly elections during the 2019 polls in Rivers State.
Justice Omotosho in his judgment in a suit filed by Senator Magnus Abe and others versus Rivers State APC and others declared that the APC for failing to respect the law must bear the consequences of her disobedience of the law.
The judge also stated that the direct and indirect primaries of the Rivers State APC are illegal, null and void. The court further declared that both the direct and indirect
primaries were held during the pendency of the suit at the Rivers State High Court.
Amaechi & Abe
According to the court, the APC conducted the indirect primaries in gross disrespect of the pending suit before Justice Chinwendu Nwogu of the Rivers State High Court. The judge said: “The judgment of Justice Chinwendu Nwogu 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 posited that the Direct primaries conducted by the Senator Magnus Abe faction were illegal because the National Working Committee of APC did not monitor or participate in the processes. Justice Omotosho added that Justice Chinwendu Nwogu was clear when he 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 Senator Magnus Abe and the Amaechi factions have no leg to stand in view of the judgment, hence both factions are disqualified from participating in the elections”.
Governor Wike, the Beneficiary of the Crises
The court held that the APC in Rivers State has no power to nominate and sponsor any candidates for the 2019 General elections. Justice Omotosho also condemned the invasion of the Rivers State High Court during the hearing of the suit, saying that actions must be
taken to check the excesses of persons interested in destroying the rule of law.