Court nullifies Tonye Cole, Magnus Abe’s candidacy in Rivers

A federal high court in Port Harcourt has given a judgement restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from presenting Tonye Cole and Magnus Abe as governorship candidates in the general elections.

The judgement was delivered on Monday.

Cole is the preferred candidate of Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transport, while Abe is the senator representing Rivers south-east.

The court also nullified all direct and indirect primaries conducted by both factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

While delivering the judgement, James Omotosho, the judge, said none of the primaries were conducted according to the law.

Following the ruling, the APC no longer has candidates for the governorship, senate, house of representatives, and state house of assembly elections.

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