The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed an appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC), challenging the non-recognition of its primaries and candidates in Rivers State in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
The APC had approached the apex court to set aside the judgement of a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, which voided both the direct and indirect primaries conducted by various factions in the party.
Delivering the lead judgement, Justice Aliyu Sanusi upheld the preliminary objection raised by the respondents, a group of 22 members of the party, led by Ibrahim Umar
According to the judge, the objection raised by the group, loyal to Senator Magnus Abe in the state, had substance.
He noted that the initial suit, which the trial court (FHC Port Harcourt) delivered a judgment barring the APC from holding primaries, was an election matter which the court had jurisdiction to entertain.
The preliminary objection having been upheld, “the appeal is struck out,” Justice Sanusi ruled.
He stated that reasons for striking out the appeal would be given on a date to be announced to parties.