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Yesterday  the Supreme Court nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha, and declared Sen Hope Uzodinma as the winner of the March 19 Governorship Election in Imo.

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On Monday, the Supreme Court struck out a motion seeking to determine the authentic candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the 2019 governorship election in Rivers State.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state has insisted that it will take party in the forthcoming general elections in the state despite a Supreme Court ruling reportedly barring the party from contesting in the elections.

In a statement on Thursday, February 14, argued that there was no judgement from the Supreme Court or any other court preventing it from being included on the ballot paper for the Rivers elections, according to Premium Times.

The APC said from the rulings on the case so far, INEC has an obligation to include the party’s name on the ballot papers. “After a meeting of the State Working Committee of our party in the State today in which we meticulously deliberated on the recent court rulings of various courts especially the decision of the Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt yesterday to further re-affirm two earlier orders that stayed the execution of the judgments of the lower court, our conclusion is that the APC and it’s candidates will now, most certainly, be on the ballot this Saturday.

“No order or judgment given since, including orders given by the Supreme Court on both jurisdiction and representation have said otherwise,” the party said in the statement signed by Chris Finebone, the party’s spokesperson in the state.

And President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the exclusion of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state from the forthcoming elections, saying he is disturbed by the development.

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen has condemned the attack at the Rivers state High court complex last week Friday by Youths of the community.

He warned on Monday that the attackers of the Port Harcourt Division of the Rivers State High Court’s complex last Friday must not be allowed to go unpunished.

Expressing deep worry over the development, Justice Onnoghen said if those he described as “the enemies of our peace and democracy” were allowed to go scot-free, it would motivate them to unleash similar attacks on the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court whenever they were displeased by the court’s decisions.

 

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