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Putting a final lid on Rivers APC



After a web of legal duel fuelled by infighting, the Supreme Court has validated the disqualification of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in this year’s general elections.

It is obvious that efforts to douse deep-seated factionalism and flames of infighting within the party had failed.
Last Tuesday morning, when thousands of APC supporters converged at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Igwuruta Ali, for the presidential campaign rally, one major thing preoccupied their thoughts, the much anticipated impending Supreme Court ruling on whether a Rivers State High Court presided by Chinwendu Nworgu has jurisdiction to entertain the suit filed by pro-senator Magnus Abe faction of the party.

A thick cloud of despondence soon enveloped the arena when news flittered in that the apex court had dismissed the appeal by Tonye Cole and others.

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Though the national leadership of the APC had belatedly tried to forge understanding among the contending forces – Chibuike Amaechi, which produced Mr. Cole and that of Senator Magnus Abe faction – in order to avert the calamity that had befallen the party, it even failed to concede that the party made errors of judgment by not settling the matter as soon as the Abe faction proceeded to court to seek redress over their exclusion from last May congresses, which precipitated the crisis.

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