Court Directs INEC To Delist 4 Labour Party State Assembly Candidates In Rivers

A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to delist the names of four House of Assembly candidates of the Labour Party in Rivers State.

The presiding Judge, Justice Turaki Mohammed, passed the judgment yesterday, stating there were irregularities in the process that produced the candidates.

Omadaily understands that the Judge agreed with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that the Labour Party did not comply with the Electoral Act act while conducting four of the State House of Assembly primary elections.

Justice Mohammed granted PDP’s prayer and directed INEC to remove the affected candidates, including those of Obio/Akpor 1 and 2, Tai and Gokana State constituencies.

The judge, however, disagreed with the PDP that the primary elections of the Labour Party that produced candidates for Ahoada East and West were not monitored by the INEC.

Meanwhile, counsel to the Labour Party candidates, Uche Olewunne, has vowed that his clients will challenge the judgement at the Court of Appeal.

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has stated that the All Progressives Congress (APC) needs the people of Rivers State to vote for the ruling Rabiu Kwankwaso, presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), logistics support for his campaign in the state.

The Ebonyi State Governor said this on Tuesday during the inauguration of the Akpabu-Itu-Omudiogha-Egbeda road in Emohua LGA in Rivers state, Omadaily reports.

Recall that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State had promised to give Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of NNPP, logistics support for their campaign in the state.

At the event, Umahi said the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, needs votes from Rivers State, not logistics support.

According to Umahi, Ebonyi State is for the APC and the Southeast state will vote overwhelmingly for Bola Tinubu.

Umahi told Wike: “Here, you are 99 percent in control because of what you’re doing for the people. And I want to commend you. And I thank you for not putting any kobo in Ebonyi again.

“In Ebonyi, I’m also the same way, because I have worked. So, there is no other party in Ebonyi; it’s only APC. And we don’t do sentiments. Our votes in Ebonyi will go to APC, will go to asiwaju.

“Your excellency, my party, APC, we don’t need logistics. We’ve seen the presidential candidates come here and you are a doer of promise. And when you say you’ll give logistics support, we know you will.

“But you see, APC, we don’t need logistics support; we need votes — just for the presidential one. I will not ask what is impossible. So, that presidential one, keep it for asiwaju.”

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