It is expected that Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, the current Governor of Rivers State and gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will most likely win the governorship elections in the state after the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal filed by the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that challenged the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt which barred the party from contesting or presenting candidates in Rivers State during the 2019 general elections.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had failed to enlist Candidates of the party for the Governorship, National and State Assembly elections after an APC faction led by Magnus Abe, the Senator representing Rivers South East constituency in the National Assembly, filed a suit before the High Court asking them to annul the congresses and primaries conducted by the Rotimi Amaechi faction which produced Tonye Cole as the governorship candidate in the state.
The Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour-led bench of the Supreme Court, which ruled on Tuesday, struck out one of the appeals by the APC after upholding the preliminary objection filed against it by a group of 22 members of the party loyal to Senator Magnus Abe in the state. Delivering the lead ruling of the five-man bench of the apex court on the APC’s appeal on Tuesday, Justice Amir Sanusi said the preliminary objection by the respondents was meritorious and that the apex court’s reasons for striking out the suit would be given at a date to be communicated to parties to the suit.
The 22 party members led by Ibrahim Umar, are opposed to the emergence of Tony Cole as the governorship candidate of the party in the state.
The recent ruling by the apex court comes less than a week after the same court prevented the party from presenting candidates in all elections in the state.
Meanwhile, the five-man bench is currently hearing three appeals which were consolidated earlier on Tuesday.
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