Thursday, December 8, 2022

Court Dismisses Tonye Cole As APC Governorship Candidate In Rivers

Tonye Cole, the All Progressives Congress’s candidate for governor in Rivers State, was disqualified on Thursday by a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt due to his dual citizenship.

According to reports, Tonye Cole is a citizen of the UK.

The court further determined that the APC’s nomination of Cole as the party candidate violated the Electoral Act.

The Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State had petitioned the court to order the Independent National Electoral Commission not to recognize Tonye Cole as the APC’s candidate for governor due to his alleged dual citizenship and the fact that INEC was not present to monitor the delegate election that resulted in his selection.

Justice Emmanuel Obile in his judgment agreed with the People’s Democratic Party that Tonye Cole is not eligible to contest for the governorship position.

He thereafter directed INEC to delist the name of Tonye Cole from the list of eligible candidates for the 2023 Governorship election.

The decision of the court is however contrary to its earlier ruling on a preliminary objection in a suit by the APC against the PDP and its Governorship candidate Siminialaye Fubara.

In that suit, Justice Obile had ruled that no party has the right to interfere in the internal affairs of other political parties and also said that the court has no jurisdiction to entertain that case.

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