Court Sacks Sixteen Rivers APC State Assembly Candidates 

By Damilare Adeleye

Sixteen candidates contesting under the platform of the All Progressive Congress for Rivers State House of Assembly seats have been sacked by a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

The presiding judge, Justice Turaki Muhammed, in his ruling on Friday, nullified the candidates in consonance to the suit instituted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP had instituted the suit which it argued that the APC primaries that produced the candidates were not duly monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The affected candidates are from the following constituencies: Andoni, Etche 1 and 2, Tai, Gokana, Eleme, Port Harcourt City 1, 2 and 3, Khana 1 and 2, Okrika, Ahoada West, and Obio-Akpor 1 and 2 constituencies.

Justice Muhammed held that the PDP was able to prove its case beyond any reasonable doubt and thereby granted the party its prayers.