- A Federal High Court has disqualified Tonye Cole, the state’s All Progressives Congress governorship candidate
- PDP has earlier asked INEC to disqualify Cole of the APC, claiming over the delegates that voted at the primary election that brought him in
- The court also ruled that the APC did not comply with the Electoral Act that brought in Cole as the candidate of the party
A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has disqualified Rivers All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Tonye Cole.
Cole’s disqualification was based on dual citizenship suit pressed against him. The candidate is a citizen of the United Kingdom and Nigeria, The Nation Newspaper reports.
Recall that the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers state had approached the court to direct the Independent National Electoral Commission not to recognize Tonye Cole as the governorship candidate of APC for alleged dual citizenship and that the the delegate election that brought him did not follow due process having not been monitored by INEC.
Justice Emmanuel Obile in his judgment agreed with the People’s Democratic Party that Tonye Cole is not eligible to contest governorship position
He thereafter directed INEC to delist the name of Tonye Cole from the list of eligible candidates for the 2023 Governorship election.
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Meanwhile, Senator Magnus Abe Gubernatorial Candidate of Rivers people on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), on Sunday, November 6, worshiped with the Cherubim and Seraphim Church, in Port Harcourt, during their 2022 Thanksgiving Adoption Service.
Senator Abe, honoured to speak at the church gathering, reminded the audience why the message of inclusion, which is the bedrock of his vision for the state, should not only be preached but practically demonstrated.
He recalled that he had experienced the service and worship of the Cherubim church many years ago when he worshiped with one of his friends in the Church at Ogbunabali.