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Rivers Guber: Supreme Court To Hear Case Against Fubara, INEC, PDP On Monday

Tonye Cole claims that Fubara was not qualified to contest in the 2023 guber elections.

The Supreme Court has fixed Monday, January 15, 2024 to hear the case filed by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ion Rivers State, Tonye Cole, against Governor Siminalayi Fubara, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the outcome of the state’s gubernatorial poll.

Cole had approached the apex court, insisting that Fubara did not resign as Accountant General of the state and acted as accountant general exceeding the stipulated time as provided by the constitution and electoral act before the election.

The APC candidate also argued that Fubara was not qualified to contest or even to be declared winner of the election.

The Appeal Court sitting in Lagos State had affirmed the election of Siminalayi Fubara as the governor of Rivers. The court dismissed the petition filed by Cole, against Fubara, PDP and INEC.

The APC candidate had requested that the court order INEC to declare him winner of the March governorship election in Rivers. But the court held that all the appellants failed to prove the allegation of non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

The court also faulted the tribunal for dismissing Cole’s appeal on the ground that APC sponsored him and had withdrawn the petition against Governor Fubara’s victory.

The appellate court further held that the fact that APC withdrew its petition against Fubara’s victory did not prevent its candidate, Cole, from pursuing his appeal.

Blessing Ibunge

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