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Appeal Court grants stay of execution of ruling nullifying Rivers APC primaries

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An Appeal Court sitting in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, has granted a stay of execution of the ruling of the Federal High Court that nullified all primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State.

The appellant court granted the stay of execution on Monday.

Ripples Nigeria had reported that a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, presided over by Justice Kolawole Omotosho, had nullified the APC primaries in the state on January 7 and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from presenting Tonye Cole and Magnus Abe as governorship candidates in the general elections.

Consequently, the electoral body excluded the party from the list of candidates for the elections.

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However, Rivers APC had filed an appeal at the Appeal Court asking it to stay the execution of the judgment of the Federal High Court.

When the matter came up, Justice Mohammed Mustapha, who read the ruling of the appellant court explained that all parties affected by the judgment of the lower court have appealed it. He therefore held that it will be unjust not to grant the application to stay execution of the ruling.

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