Supreme Court Strikes Out APC’s Appeals On Exclusion From Rivers Elections

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Updated April 11, 2019

Supreme Court Strikes Out APC's Appeal On Exclusion From Rivers Elections

 

The Supreme Court has struck out three appeals filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State on the elections in the state.

A seven-man panel of judges of the apex court struck out the appeals on Thursday for being incompetent.

The unanimous decision was delivered by the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Mohammed, who led the panel.

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The APC had asked the apex court to reverse itself on the exclusion of the party from the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Rivers.

At the hearing of the appeals on Thursday, counsel to the APC, Mr Jibrin Okutepa, informed the court that the Court of Appeal never affirmed the judgment of the Rivers State High Court delivered on the March 7.

He claimed that the court only made a pronouncement that the appeals were academic.

On his part, counsel to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),  Mr Emmanuel Ukala, disagreed with Okutepa’s claims.

He, however, informed the court of his preliminary objection challenging the competence of the appeals filed by the APC.

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