The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt on Tuesday overturned two Federal Supreme Court rulings that invalidated the candidacy of the ADP and ADC State Assembly in Rivers State.
In a unanimous ruling by a three-man appellate panel led by Justice Gabriel Kolawol, the court granted the appellants’ prayers—ADP and ADC.
In the ruling read out by Justice Kolaul, the court said the case should not normally have been heard by a lower court, and insisted that the candidates for the state House of Representatives elections were properly nominated and could participate in the upcoming general elections.
The Court of Appeal also determined that no political party has the right to challenge another political party’s primary.
The Federal Supreme Court headed by Justice Turaki Mehmet had earlier in the month invalidated the nominations of five ADP House of Representatives candidates and seven ADC House candidates after the HDP in Rivers State dragged them to court for alleged non-compliance. with the election law.
ADP attorney Donald Otogbo described the ruling as democracy in action.
The Court of Appeals reinstates the House candidates from the ADP and ADC