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Rivers State: Supreme Court strikes out APC’s appeal

The Supreme Court today struck out an appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress to challenge the judgment of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt barring the party from presenting candidates in Rivers State for the general elections.

In a Ruling the Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour-led bench of the apex court struck out one of the appeals by the APC after upholding the preliminary objection filed against it by a group of twenty two members of the party loyal to Senator Magnus Abe in the state.

The 22 party members led by Ibrahim Umar, are opposed to the emergence of Tonye Cole as the governorship candidate of the party in the state.

Delivering the lead ruling of the five-man bench of the apex court on the APC’s appeal today, Justice Amir Sanusi said the preliminary objection by the respondents was meritorious and said the apex court’s reasons for striking out the suit would be given at a date to be communicated to parties to the suit.

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