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Appeal court sets aside ruling that sacks candidates of Rivers APC

An Appeal Court sitting in Port Harcourt has set aside the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt by Justice EMMANUEL OBILE that nullified all Candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the State.

The Three man panel of the Appeal Court in their judgment delivered by the lead Judge, Justice MUHAMMED LAWAL-SHUAIBU said GEORGE ORLU and five others did not exhaust internal party mechanisms before instituting the suit.

The Appeal Court also held that the plaintiffs did
not participate in the Congress of the APC and did not have any cause for the action, just as they described as Inconceivable for the Federal High Court Judge not to have joined the Candidates of APC who were interested parties in the suit.

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Justice LAWAL-SHUAIBU said the nomination of delegates of political parties was strictly the internal affairs of political parties and that the Federal High Court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the suit in the first place and thereby set aside the judgment as sought by the APC and awarded the sum of five hundred thousand nairas as cost against the plaintiffs in favor of APC.

Speaking to newsmen outside the courtroom, one of the counsels to APC, EMENIKE EBETE explained that the judgment has cleared APC and all the Candidates to contest the 2023 general election.

Some of the APC Candidates in the 2023 general election described the judgment as an opportunity to actualize their political dream.

Reacting to the Appeal Court ruling, the Campaign Council of the Rivers State APC, said the judgment will give Rivers people the opportunity to choose at the polls next year.

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Spokesperson of the APC Campaign Council, Sogbeye Ella further stated that the APC will not apply to the State to use public schools for campaigns.

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