The primaries conducted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State have been nullified by the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
One George Orlu and four others had filed a suit against Rivers APC, requesting nullification of the primaries of the party in Rivers for alleged exclusion in the process.
The presiding Judge, Justice E A Obile on Tuesday nullified the primaries following the exclusion of party members from the delegate list.
The judge ruled that the aggrieved members were wrongly excluded from the elections to participate in the party primaries.
Justice Obile stated that the primaries nullified and all those elected consequently not recognized as candidates for the coming elections.
The Spokesman to Rivers APC, Darlington Nwauju who was pleased with the judgement said, “We believe the appellate court shall treat the matter dispassionately and deliver justice because this is not an action against the primaries of our party but an attempt at challenging the composition of our delegates list.
“We assure River people that the attempt to rehash the 2019 episode in Rivers is already dead on arrival. Nothing will stop APC Rivers from being on the ballot in 2023.
“Supreme court has decided on a plethora of cases affirming that political parties are their own operating authorities and can regulate own internal affairs.
“The subject matter for which Justice Obile granted reliefs of the Plaintiffs is entire our internal affairs, therefore it is a travesty of justice far as we are concerned.”