By Kennedy Friday
The court of appeal today said all parties affected by the Federal High Court judgement have appealed it; therefore, it will be unjust not to grant the application to stay execution.
The decision to stay execution is a victory for all Rivers APC members and in the interest of all her contending candidates in the state. It is for the temporary benefits of both Sen Magnus Abe and Tonye Cole tendencies within the party.
Interestingly, the appeal court will begin hearing and will soon take final decision on all the substantive appeals before it starting tomorrow.
The federal High Court had on January 7th declared both direct and indirect primaries conducted by separate factions of APC in Rivers State null and void. The court had ordered INEC to delist APC candidates name from its records.
Sen Magnus Abe is asking the court of appeal to upturn that federal High Court judgment and declare him and all products of direct primaries the validly nominated candidates of APC for 2019 general election.
Tonye Cole and Co are also asking the appeal court to declare that they be relisted by INEC as candidates of APC for the coming elections.
The matter is not likely to end at the appeal court, it may travel to the supreme Court. When it does and decision taken either way, it will lay to rest the issue of who are the eventual candidates of APC in Rivers State.
Until then, it is not yet Uhuru.
Kennedy Friday is a spokesman to Senator Magnus Abe, one of the claimants to the Rivers State governorship ticket.