Categories: Politics

Court Disqualifies Rivers APC Gov Candidate, Tonye Cole

A photo combination of APC governorship candidate and a court gavel.

 

A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Thursday disqualified the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Tonye Cole, in the state.

In his ruling, the presiding judge, Justice Emmanuel Obile, said Cole is not eligible to contest the governorship position.

The APC candidate is said to be a citizen of the United Kingdom.

Channels Television had reported how the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asked Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disqualify Cole of the APC, claiming that the delegates that voted at the primary election that brought in the candidate were not democratically elected.

According to the court, the APC did not comply with the Electoral Act that brought in Cole as the candidate of the party.

The PDP had asked the court to direct INEC not to recognize Tonye Cole as the governorship candidate of APC for alleged dual citizenship and that the delegate election that brought him did not follow due process as it was not monitored by INEC.

On Thursday, Justice Obile directed INEC to delist the name of Tonye Cole from the list of eligible candidates for the 2023 Governorship election.

This is coming six months after Cole, a former executive director of Sahara Group, clinched the APC governorship ticket in the oil-rich state.

Cole polled 986 votes to win the ticket. He defeated Ojukai Flagamakere who got 190 votes, Sukonte Davids with 49 votes, Michael West got 43 votes, Benald Miku had two votes, and Magnus Abe who secured one vote.

Ignatius Igwe

Disqus Comments Loading...

Recent Posts

  • Local

Naira Swap: CBN Engages Microfinance Banks, PoS Operators In Zamfara LGAs

The communities are located in the Zurmi, Shinkafi, Birnin Magaji and Maru local government areas (LGAs).

53 mins ago
  • Local

Buhari Inaugurates Ministry Of Finance Incorporated Board

The President targets 100 trillion naira asset growth in 10 years.

2 hours ago
  • Local

Elections: It’s Difficult For Youths To Prove Their Experience, Says El-Rufai

Kaduna state's first citizen was of the opinion that his preference for a leader lay with the younger class but…

2 hours ago
  • Headlines

Obanikoro Tells Court How He Gave Fayose N1.2bn From Lagos Security Account

According to Obanikoro, the money was transferred from the impress account of the NSA.

2 hours ago
  • Top story

‘Elements’ In Aso Villa Want APC To Lose Election, Says El-Rufai

Buttressing his argument, the Kaduna governor cited the delay in the removal of fuel subsidy as well as the current…

2 hours ago
  • Local

Buhari Inaugurates Landmark 5,700 Hectares Valley Irrigation Scheme In Jigawa

The president also promised more relief for flood victims in the state.

4 hours ago