The Federal High Court in Port Harcourt on Monday instructed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to recognise any candidate under the All Progressives Congress (APC) in any political position in the 2019 election in Rivers states.
Justice Kolawole Omotosho specifically ruled that APC could not participate in the Governorship, Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly elections during the 2019 polls in Rivers State.
Justice Kolawole who was ruling in the case of Senator Magnus Abe and others versus Rivers APC and others, nullified all nominations of the APC in Rivers State for the forthcoming elections in 2019.
The court said both the direct and indirect primary elections conducted by the party in the state held during the pendancy of the suit before Justice Chinwendu Nwogu of the Rivers State High Court. Hence, the elections were illegal, null and void.
It added that since the judgment of Justice Chinwendu Nwogu nullifying the primaries of the APC in the State was yet to be set aside by an appellate court, the nullification remains valid.
The court, therefore upheld the illegality of names sent by the Amaechi faction and the National Working Committee of the APC to INEC while also ruling that the direct primaries conducted by the Senator Magnus Abe faction were illegal because the National Working Committee of APC did not monitor or participate in the processes.
He said the two factions of the party and the party could not present any candidates for the positions for 2019 General elections.