A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has fixed 7th of January 2019 for the ruling of a case filed by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, seeking the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, not to recognize any candidate from the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State for the 2019 general elections.
Presiding judge, Justice J. K Omotosho gave the date after hearing the submissions of the parties involved in the matter.
Counsel to PDP, Ferdinand Orbih who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in his argument had asked the court to order INEC not to recognise any candidate of APC in the state and based his argument on decision of the state high court.
But counsel to APC, Olaotakan SAN referred the Court to Section eighty-seven-one of the Electoral Act which bars another party from interfering in Internal Party Affairs.
In a related development, a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has set aside 7th of January 2019 for ruling on a case filed by Senator Magnus Abe, and forty six others against the Independent National Electoral Commission and National Working Committee of All Progressives Congress.
Earlier, the court granted application for joinder by all the candidates of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State.
Meanwhile, the Tonye Cole campaign organization says they are not worried about the ruling of the Court of Appeal after striking out their appeal on Wednesday.
The Chairman of Tonye Cole campaign organization, Chidi Lloyd said they will continue with their campaign ahead of the 2019 general election.
Lloyd stated that the primaries that brought Tonye Cole as APC gubernatorial candidate was done within the ambits of the law.
“The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt today 12-12-18, dismissed the two applications brought before it by Pst. Tonye Cole & the other candidates on the one hand & the party executives led by Hon. Ojukaye Flag- Amachree & his executives on the other hand who were not parties in the matter before justice chiwendu Nworgu of the port Harcourt High court but were mentioned in judgement to join the appeal by the All Progressives Congress challenging the judgment at the intermediate court as interested parties .
“The special panel also struck out appeal no.
Despite these set backs, it is important to state that, the Apc still has three subsisting appeals before the court of appeal namely:
2018 and another, challenging representation by counsel and the jurisdiction of the court to enterining .
“These appeals are all still alive and are pending before the court of Appeal, port Harcourt division and have not been determined.
“Also note that the Supreme court today, heard some aspects of the the interlocutory appeal pending before it and have adjourned for judgment on 8/3/18.
“I therefore, urge you to go about your campaigns diligently & prayerfuĺ in other to ensure 5 total victory, nothing great comes great,” he said.