Court Gives APC Green Light To Proceed With Primary, Sets Aside Order

A Sagbama State High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has set aside an interim order stopping the All Progressives Congress (APC) from conducting its governorship primaries in the state using direct method.

The court presided over by E.G. Umukoro, said the interim order, which he initially granted could no longer be sustained following argument against it contained in an application on notice filed by the respondent.

Reviewing the interim order against the position of the respondent, Umukoro said the kernel of the application was that the interim order was made without jurisdiction and was at variance with the electoral act, constitutions of the APC and the country.

He said the respondent applicant quoted some judicial precedent including the case of Sylva vs PDP 2012 and posited that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain pre-primary matter of any political party.

Quoting the position of the Supreme Court, he said: “The interim order is not sustainable and is hereby set aside as the court acted without jurisdiction”.

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