The Supreme Court on Friday sealed the hopes of the ALL Progressives Party from fielding candidates in Rivers State in the 2019 election with te ruling which confirmed the decision of the High Court on the matter that there was no authentic primaries by either of the factions in the state.
The ruling dashed the hopes of APC members and contestants with the Supreme Court, on Friday, upholding that decision of the lower courts barring the party from fielding candidates.
Only on Thursday, the party, particularly, one of its candidates, Tonye Cole, had threatened that there would no election in the state without its candidates on the strength of the verdict of the appellate court, which had ordered a stay of execution on the verdict of the Federal High Court, initially forbidding the party’s candidates, owing to faulty primaries in 2018.
With the verdict, the position of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has been affirmed after it removed the names of the APC candidates from its ballot, based on the orders of the Federal High Court.
Obviously, the decision seems to have handed over a second term to Governor Nyesom Wike and other Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), candidates the various offices in contest, given that the APC appears the only opposition to them.