-Senator Magnus Abe has urged the court to declare him the authentic APC governorship candidate in Rivers
- The Court of Appeal had on Wednesday, declared that Rivers APC would not field any candidate for 2019
- Abe urged the court to order INEC to also declare other candidates produced by the primaries he conducted authentic candidates for the party in 2019
A factional All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Rivers state, Senator Magnus Abe has asked the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt to declare him the authentic governorship candidate of the party for the 2019 elections.
The Nation reports that Abe’s lawyer, Henry Bello, urged the court to order the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare Abe and other candidates produced by the primaries he conducted authentic candidates for the party in 2019, following the voiding of the congresses and indirect primaries conducted by the faction loyal to Rotimi Amaechi group for disobeying court order.
He, therefore, urged the court to strike out the suit for its frivolity.
Alatoki maintained that the Court of Appeal’s judgment of Wednesday, December 12, did not disqualify Tonye Cole and other APC candidates nominated in the indirect primaries conducted by the Rotimi Amaechi-led faction.
He said: “There is no order from the Court of Appeal that APC should not field candidates for the elections, it only said the APC did not obtain leave to appeal against consent judgment, which made the court to strike out the appeal. If an appeal is struck out, you can always come back to do the needful.”
Alatoki told the court that Abe’s motion seeking to be declared the rightful candidate for next year’s polls was frivolous and baseless, because, according to him, the High Court judgment voided and set aside all congresses and primary elections conducted by APC in the state, and so the judgment also disqualified candidates that emerged through the primary elections conducted in disobedience to the order.