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Court Sacks 16 APC State Assembly Candidates In Rivers (Full List)

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Rivers 2023 Poll: Group Condemns Disqualification Of Tonye Cole, Others

Sixteen candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) contesting for the 2023 elections have been sacked by a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

The ruling was handed down on Friday by the presiding judge, Justice Turaki Muhammed.

The court order followed the suit instituted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in which it argued that the APC primaries that produced the candidates were not duly monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The affected candidates are from the following constituencies: Andoni, Etche 1 and 2, Tai, Gokana, Eleme, Port Harcourt City 1, 2 and 3, Khana 1 and 2, Okrika, Ahoada West, and Obio-Akpor 1 and 2 constituencies.

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Justice Muhammed held that the PDP was able to prove its case beyond any reasonable doubt.

The Judge however cleared seventeen other candidates to participate in the election for their constituencies.

Those cleared are Emohua, Ahoada East 1 and 2, Ikwerre, Omuma, Ogu Bolo, Bonny, Asari Toru, Akuku Toru 1 and 2, Ogba Egbema Ndoni 1 and 2, Opobo-Nkoru, Abual-Odua, Oyigbo and Degema constituencies.

Reacting to the court order shortly after the judgment, counsel to the APC, Emenike Ebete, and that of the candidates, Chimenem Jerome, said they would take the matter before the Appeal Court.

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