The All Progressives Congress (APC) and its factional governorship candidate in Rivers State, Mr. Tonye Cole on Thursday misplaced their appeals on the Supreme Courtroom, looking for to allow them take part within the 2019 basic elections.
The apex court docket dismissed the separate appeals filed by the APC and Cole on the grounds that the notices of attraction, which introduced the appeals, have been incompetent.
The primary attraction was between the APC, the appellant versus the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP), the respondent.
Within the notices of attraction filed by the 2 appellants (APC and Tonye Cole), each mistakenly directed their prayers to the Courtroom of Enchantment of their addresses, as an alternative of the Supreme Courtroom.
The APC, represented by its counsel, Mr. Jibrin Okutepa, SAN, had prayed the court docket to overrule its personal resolution, which had earlier upheld restraining order which barred APC from taking part within the elections.
Okutepa’s grievance was that the restraining order from a Excessive court docket in Rivers state was obtained fraudulently.
Nonetheless, counsel to the PDP, Mr. Emmanuel Okala, SAN, drew the eye of the court docket to the discover of attraction of the APC, which was earlier than the court docket.
Within the discover of attraction, the APC had erroneously prayed the Courtroom of Enchantment, as an alternative of the Supreme Courtroom to grant its reliefs.
Okala, who sighted a number of authorities, submitted that the APC had not requested for something from the Supreme Courtroom, and, subsequently, the discover of attraction was incompetent earlier than the regulation.
He urged the apex court docket to strike out the attraction and dismiss identical.
Within the ruling delivered by the appearing Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad who led a seven-man panel agreed that the discover of attraction by the APC was faulty and incompetent.
The appearing CJN thereby struck out the discover of attraction and dismissed the attraction for being incompetent.
Within the second attraction filed by Cole via his counsel, Mr. Tuduru Edeh, the discover of attraction was additionally wrongly addressed to the Courtroom of Enchantment as an alternative of the Supreme Courtroom.
The reliefs, which sought that the Supreme Courtroom ought to formally declare him because the APC governorship candidate, for the 2019 governorship election in Rivers state was not profitable.
This blunder promptly made Edeh to withdraw the incompetent discover of attraction, which was subsequently struck out by the appearing CJN.
Subsequently, with newest selections of the Supreme Courtroom, all authorized points or controversies regarding Rivers State APC in relation to the 2019 basic elections, had been laid to relaxation.