Just few days after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) published it final list without the name of APC candidate, Tonye Cole. An Appeal court sitting in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State, has granted stay of execution of the lower court’s judgment nullifying all primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State.
Recall, that in January, Justice Kolawole Omotosho of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt had nullified both the direct and indirect primaries conducted by two factions of the party.
He also restrained INEC from recognizing any candidates of the APC for the 2019 general election in the state.
While a faction of the party loyal to former Governor Rotimi Ameachi had produced Tonye Cole as its candidate from its primary, the other loyal to Senator Magnus Abe produced him as its own candidate.
However on Monday, Justice Mohammed Mustapha ruled that since all parties affected by Justice Omotosho’s judgment had appealed it would be unjust not to grant the application to stay execution of the ruling.
This ruling has sent supporters of Tonye Cole, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State in celebration mood as some were seen dancing.
The ruling means INEC is set to name Cole as APC governorship candidate in Rivers, a development that sent his supporters into wild jubilation scenes right from the court premises.
Meanwhile,Cole, taking to his verified Twitter handle wrote:
“I thank God almighty for his faithfulness. I sincerely appreciate the Court of Appeal for their credible judgement, I am grateful to APC for their steadfastness and I thank the people of Rivers state for their unwavering belief.”
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