On Tuesday, a federal high court in Port Harcourt, Rivers, declared that the state’s ruling all-progressive Congress nullified all primary elections in the state by illegally excluding some members of the party as primary representatives.
The court’s ruling yesterday came after some aggrieved members of the APC took to the court to lament their exclusion during the party’s primary election.
During the APC primary, some members of the party claimed to be excluded and protested to the party state secretariat in Port Harcourt.
Claimant George Orlu, who claims to have purchased nomination forms, and four others have filed a request in the court to invalidate the state’s APC primary after they were accused of being excluded in the process.
The court ruled in its ruling that the men were unlawfully excluded from the primary.
Judge EA Obile found that the victim was unlawfully excluded from the primary, adding that the process was ineffective.
Obil, in the judgment, agreed with the plaintiffs that they were wrongly excluded from running in the party’s primary election.
Therefore, he ruled that all those elected from the primaries were invalid and should not be considered candidates.
fist Some aggrieved APC members loyal to the Social Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Senator Magnus Abe, have challenged the court to exclude him from the state’s representative primary, the report said.
The APC responded quickly, describing the verdict as a mockery of justice.
In a statement provided to CNN reporters Tuesday night, APC State Advocacy Secretary Darlington Nwaujun said attempts to exclude the state’s main opposition party from the ballot in 2023, as happened in 2019, will fail.
“Our immediate response is that the Supreme Court has ruled on a large number of cases showing that political parties are their own chief executives and can manage their own internal affairs,” the statement read.
“The subject matter of Judge EA Obile’s grant of relief to plaintiffs to annul our party’s congress is purely a party affair, so as far as we are concerned, it is a satire of justice.
“Secondly, those who brought the case against our party are now members of the Social Democrats and are therefore interfering in our internal affairs.
“We strongly believe that the Court of Appeal should deal with this matter calmly and deliver justice on the matter, as this is not an action against our party’s primary election, but an attempt to challenge the makeup of our delegate list.
“We assure the people of Rivers that the attempt to re-enact the 2019 episodes in Rivers State is over.
“Nothing will stop the APCs in the Rivers State from voting in 2023.”