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Coast Is Now Clear For APC Rivers State To Conduct Ward/Local Government & State Congresses :- Court Declares


The coast is now clear for the All Progressive Congress to conduct Ward, Local Government and State Congresses in Rivers State.

This is because a High Court sitting in Port Harcourt have struck out the originating summon brought by one IBRAHAM UMAR and twenty-two others against the APC in the state

The court also set aside the interim injunction obtained by the claimants on the 14th September, 2019 which stopped the APC from conducting the Congresses in Rivers State scheduled for 17th, 18th and 21st of last September.

Delivering the judgment, the presiding Judge, Justice G.O OLLOR rules that the court lacks the power to enforce and interpret the judgment of court of coordinate jurisdiction.

Our Correspondent reports that Justice OLLOR also held that the interim order of injunction obtained by IBRAHAM UMAR and others was gotten without jurisdiction of the court and thereby set aside the order and thereafter awarded the cost of one hundred thousand naira as cost of damages in favour of APC.

Speaking to newsman outside the court, counsel to the Claimants, HENRY BELLO described the judgment as beauty of justice but disclosed that he will appeal the judgment based on the instruction of his clients. He said my clients has instructed me to proceed to appeal court.

On his path, one of the counsels to APC, J.C WILLIAMS described the judgment as landmark judgement saying this gives the APC the opportunity to go ahead to conduct its Congresses in Rivers State.

You will recall that one IBRAHAM UMAR and twenty-two others including two dead persons had upon the announcement by the APC on new dates for Congresses, approached the court to enforced and interpret the judgment of the High court, Appeal and Supreme Court against APC over the Congresses of 2018.

By Uchendu Ejiowhor


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