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Supreme Court Delivers Final Ruling On Rivers APC Crisis

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The Supreme Court on Friday delivered the final ruling on the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State.

Naija News reports that the State chapter of the APC has been embroiled in a factional crisis for the past six years.

The party has been divided into two factions loyal to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Senator Magnus Abe.

The Court in a judgment read by Justice Amina Adamu Augie on Friday upheld the ruling of the Appeal Court and declared Isaac Abbot-Ogbogbula, Chairman of the APC in Rivers State.

Justice Augie on Igo Aguma v All Progressives Congress & 2 Ors (SC.17/2021) resolved that the decision of the trial court presided over by Justice George Omereji (rtd) of the Rivers State High Court was out of place because the court lacked the jurisdiction to hear the matter.

“A political party is Supreme over its own affairs. The Appeal is meritorious. Onuoha v. Okafor; A party is like a club with voluntary membership to be so bound by its own rules. The issue of leadership is an internal domestic affair and the jurisdiction of the Court is ousted. The subject matter of the Appeal is not justifiable. The Cross Appeal is struck out,” the Supreme Court ruled.

On the suit by Dele Moses & Others, the court said the matter was not heard on its merit.

The Supreme Court decided that it is not within the purview of the court to protect the rights and privileges of members of a political party, particularly the APC because “that is an internal party matter.”

George Oshogwe Ogbolu is a Digital Media Strategist | Content Writer | Journalist | New Media Influencer | Proofreader and a Deputy Editor at Naija News.

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