The Port Harcourt Court of Appeal has overturned two Federal High Court rulings invalidating the nominations of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) and African Democratic Congress (ADC) candidates for the Rivers State House of Assembly.
The court granted the prayers of the ADP and ADC complainants in a unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel led by Justice Gabriel Kolawole.
According to the verdict, read by Judge Kolawole, the lower court said the lawsuit should not normally have been brought and insisted that the two political party nominees for the State House of Assembly position were validly nominated and on could take part in the forthcoming general election.
Recall that the Federal Court of Justice, presided over by Judge Turaki Mohammed, invalidated the nominations of five candidates for the ADP State House of Representatives and seven candidates for the ADC House of Representatives after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Rivers State had dragged her to court over non-compliance with the new election law.
However, the Court of Appeal restored those affected constituencies in its ruling, noting that ADP will field candidates from Emohua, Eleme, Bonny, Omuma and the Oyigbo State House of Assembly.
In response to the court ruling, one of PDP’s lawyers, Dike Udenna, said they will study the ruling to advise his client on the next step to take.
“Until we receive the copies of the verdict, we are in a…
An independent newspaper established in 1983 to present balanced coverage of events and promote the best interests of Nigeria.