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A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Wednesday annulled the congresses of the All Progressives Congress held in the state. The APC had gone ahead to hold the ward, local government, and state congresses in May despite a court order that the exercise should not hold.
Some aggrieved members of the APC had gone to court to seek redress, claiming that some of them were not allowed to participate in the exercise, among other claims. However, the State High Court issued an interlocutory injunction stopping the party from using the result of the Congress on May 5, 2018, to hold the LG congress of the party on the 12th of May.
Also, the leadership of the party at the national level had sent in a letter, which was signed by its Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, instructing that the congresses should hold on May 19, 20 and 21, 2018.
A new Chairman of the Rivers State APC, Mr. Ojukaye Amachree, had emerged through the process.
But Justice Chinwendu Nwogu of the State High Court, after listening to the arguments of the counsel for the aggrieved APC members, Henry Bello, and the defence counsel, Tuduru Edeh, observed that there was no evidence to indicate that an appeal had been entered on the matter, especially as it concerned the order that the congresses should not be conducted.
Nwogu described as academic the cancellation of the state APC congress results held on May 5 and 12 and postponement of the same congresses to May 19, 20 and 21, 2018.
He said it was wrong for the APC to disobey the court order, even as he recalled that the party attempted to no avail to lock the gate of the court.
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