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2019 Elections: INEC Bars Rivers’ APC Governorship Candidates From Contesting Election

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The name of the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress in Rivers State has been removed from the list of candidates to contest the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Mr Obo Effanga, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, in a statement on Friday, in port Harcourt, said the commission came to this decision following the outcome of the ruling on the litigation between two factions in the state’s APC.

Effanga noted that the APC factions of Sen. Magnus Abe and that of the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, had been in court over the conduct of congresses by the party.

The Federal High Court in Port Harcourt in it verdict had ordered the INEC to expunge the names of candidates representing the APC in Rivers in the February and March general elections.

Justice James Omotosho, the presiding judge, directed INEC not to recognize the candidates presented by the party.

Omotosho referred to an earlier ruling by the Rivers High Court, which nullified the ward, local government and state congresses held by the state APC.

“All nominations in the APC, from governorship, Senate, House of Representatives and others, are hereby nullified and void and set aside.

“Only political parties that conducted valid primaries are eligible to produce candidates for the general elections,” the judge ruled



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