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Court restrains Rivers APC from holding congress

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A Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt has given an order of Interlocutory Injunction restraining the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state from holding its local government congress today.

Justice Chiwendu Nwogu, issued the order based on the motion on notice, barring the APC from going on with the congress and adjourned till 26th of June for hearing.

A faction of the party said to be loyal to a governorship aspirant, senator Magnus Abe, had filed the court to challenge their exclusion from last week purported ward congress.

One of the counsels for applicants, Henry Bellow said he had filed the matter for members of the APC who were excluded from participating in the purportedly congress last weekend after they had satisfied the conditions precedence to their participation in the congress according to APC guidelines.

“They paid money for nomination forms. They paid but got to APC secretariat, it was locked only to hear winners have emerged in the congress and it is against the constitution of the party.”

APC counsel, Cuturu Eddeh, who was sent from the national accused the state legal adviser of the party, Mr. Chiwikpe Chieme of professional misconduct, even as he lacks the backing of the party to represent it in the case.

“This matter was brought to Port Harcourt from Bori on Monday. Him (Chiwikpe) coming to say he represented the APC is wrong. He went there and made damaging comments and representation of APC. The Chairman of the Party did not instruct him to stand in for the matter. I have a letter from the national party to represent the party. He knows the implication of that. Chiwikpe does not have the right to represent the APC and make any submission on its behalf, he has been suspended by the party since last year” he said.

APC publicity secretary, Chris Finebone, said the party couldn’t be stopped from going ahead with local government congress.

He claimed the State APC had not received any court notice, adding that the lawyer, who reportedly represented the party in court had since suspended as APC counsel.


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