Court bars INEC from recognizing APC candidate

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The political battle in the oil-rich Rivers State has taken another twist in view of the decision of a Federal High Court on the crisis rocking the State Chapter of the ruling party.

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt Monday issued a restraining order on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,

not to recognise candidates of both factions of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for this year’s general elections.

Justice J.K Omotosho ruled that following the nullification of the congresses of the APC in Rivers state, the direct and

indirect primaries conducted by both factions of the party were built on nothing.

Justice Omotosho therefore declined the request of Senator Magnus Abe and forty-three others asking to be declared as authentic candidates of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State.

The judge said the restraining order on INEC is binding until a higher court sets aside the ruling of Justice Chiwendu Nworgu nullifying the congress and primaries conducted by the APC in the state.

It is expected that the main opposition party,the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and its Governorship Candidate,

Governor Nyesom Wike, may have better chances of retaining control of the State if the case was not resolved before the election.

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