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2023: Court Disqualifies APC Governorship Candidate

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Rivers State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Tonye Cole, has been disqualified by a federal high court.

The judgement was given in a lawsuit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

PDP had asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disqualify Tonye Cole as the delegates that voted in the primary election that gave him the ticket were not democratically elected.

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The judgement was given in spite of APC’s counsel raising a preliminary objection on the jurisdiction of the court to hear the suit.

Recall that a federal high court sitting in Port Harcourt, State, had also nullified the primaries conducted by the APC in the state.

A claimant, George Orlu, and four other persons identified as aspirants had filed a suit before the court seeking a nullification of the primaries over their alleged exclusion.

The presiding judge, gave the ruling on the grounds that the plaintiffs were unlawfully excluded from the primaries, ruling that those whose names have been submitted as having been elected from the primaries should not be recognised as validly-elected candidates for the APC in the state.

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