Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt today granted a stay of execution of the judgment of the Federal High Court that nullified all the All Progressives Congress, APC, primaries in Rivers State and restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from putting all APC candidates on the ballot for the coming general elections.
Delivering Judgment the Presiding Judge,Justice Mustapha Muhammed said the stay of execution is necessitated by the mutiplicity of the Appeals of against the judgment of of the Federal High Court.
He held the matter was appealed by almost all parties in the case.The Judge said it will be unjust not to grant the stay of execution for the parties to achieve their goal to be on the ballot for the election
Justice Kolwole Omotosho of Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, had nullified all the party primaries, both direct or indirect that produced the candidateof the two factions of the party.
In a swift reaction, Rivers APC said “The Appeal Court sitting in Port Harcourt today (Monday, 4th of February, 2019) has granted Stay of Execution on the Judgement of Justice Kolawole Omotosho of the Federal High Court which nullified all Primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and also restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from fielding the Party’s Candidates in the forthcoming 2019 elections.
“We have always said that the wheel of justice may grind slowly, sometimes annoyingly slowly, but surely justice comes ultimately. We believe that today’s judgment has vindicated APC in Rivers State.
It further expressed optimism that anyone who has carefully and painstakingly followed the pending matter at the Supreme Court, especially, during the last sitting before the apex court reserved ruling, will easily and safely conclude that our victory at the Supreme Court is only a matter of time.
APC opined that the” key issues of representation and jurisdiction which Justice Chiwendu Nworgu deliberately overlooked in tailoring his judgment to fit into a predetermined purpose, and yet bandy it as a CONSENT judgment, will be completely deconstructed by the excellent legal minds on the Supreme Court bench. In this particular case, the end will justify our dogged efforts as we shall, once again, prevail by God’s grace!”
The party enjoined all Rivers APC faithful should remain resolute as we are set to recover all that Satan has battled so hard to take away from us.
INEC, by today’s Appeal Court ruling, should by now be reinstating our candidates’ names on the ballot in line with the status quo before the pronouncement by the federal high court of Justice Omotosho.
Our Correspondent who was in court reports that immediately the Court pronounced the stay of execution, supporters of Tonye Cole carried him on their shoulders.