Court strikes out Rivers APC faction’s appeal

//Court strikes out Rivers APC faction’s appeal

An Appeal Court in Port Harcourt on Wednesday dismissed the appeal by the Ojukaye Flag-Amachree-led All Progressives Congress in Rivers State. The special Appeal Court panel led by Justice Abubakar Yahaya also dismissed two appeals (joinder applications) filed by Flag-Amachree and the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Tonye Cole and other candidates belonging to the same faction.

Flag-Amachree-led APC in the state had challenged the October 10, 2018 judgement of the State High Court on the party congresses in the state. The High Court ruling was in favour of Ibrahim Umar and 22 other aggrieved members of APC who had expressed misgiving over the process leading to the congresses. However, Justice Yahaya, who delivered judgement on the appeal registered as No. CA/PH/198, maintained that the petition against the ruling of the High Court on the state party’s congress crisis lacked merit.

On the joinder application, the court stated that the applications failed to adhere to the 14-day rules of appeal. Also delivering judgement on a substantive appeal bordering on State High Court’s ruling, Justice Yahaya added that the Rivers APC faction did not seek leave of court before appealing the judgement.