The Appeal Court has granted a stay of execution on a ruling by the High Court, nullifying the primary elections of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state.

The Appeal Court led by Justice Ali Gumel granted the stay of execution on the Judgement of Justice Kolawole Omotosho which nullified all primaries of the APC and also restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from fielding the party’s candidates in the elections.

It would be recalled that a Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, on Monday nullified the direct and indirect primary elections allegedly conducted by two factions of the party in the state.

Delivering judgment, Justice Omotosho, said both factions of the APC acted in disrespect of a pending suit before a Port Harcourt High Court.

An APC governorship aspirant, Sen. Magnus Abe and other party members had approached the court challenging their alleged exclusion from the primaries.

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Abe and his supporters had alleged high-handedness and irregularities in the planned conduct of the party primaries.

Justice Omotosho held that the APC in Rivers could not produce candidates for governorship, national and state assembly polls, while the matter was pending.

According to him, it is illegal for candidates for the 2019 elections to emerge from the two primaries conducted by the two factions.

The two primaries as claimed by the factions were held during the pendency of the matter at the state high court.

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