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Rivers APC crisis: Supreme Court to deliver judgment March 5


The Supreme Court yesterday fixed March 5 for judgment in a suit by the All Progressives Congress (APC), challenging the ruling of the lower court in favour of Mr. Dele Moses and nine others.

Justice Amina Augie, who led a five-member panel of justices, fixed the date, after listening to arguments from counsel.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on December 20, 2020, a Rivers High Court ruled that those who bought forms during the 2018 congresses, but were denied participation rights, should be incorporated in any new congress of the party without them paying for new forms.

The ruling was delivered by Justice George Omereji in the suit filed by chieftains of the APC, Dele Moses and nine others, against the party and its then National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

Moses and nine others had prayed the court to order APC not to sell ward, local government and state congresses nomination forms, but should declare them the authentic party members, which they claimed was the decision of the Supreme Court in the matter instituted by Ibrahim Umar and 22 others.

“Should Rivers APC attempt to conduct a congress, Dele Moses, nine others and Rivers APC are having equal rights to partake and none should buy any fresh form,” he said.

The court, however, denied their prayers that they be declared authentic members of the APC and be entitled to own the leadership of Rivers APC.

Dele and others had prayed the court to order APC not to sell ward, local government and state congresses nomination forms.

The lower courts had ruled that those who bought forms during the 2018 congresses, but were denied participation rights, should be incorporated in any new congress of the party without them paying for new forms.



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