A Port Harcourt-based Federal High Court has struck down a lawsuit filed by the Peoples’ Democratic Party in Rivers State seeking to bar National Assembly candidates from the All Progressive Congress from running in the 2023 general election. .
The PDP had requested in the lawsuit FHC/PH/CS/127/2022 the court to order the Independent National Electoral Commission to remove the APC from the electoral ballot on the grounds that the congresses and primaries that brought the candidates from NASS did not comply with the new Electoral Law.
But the presiding judge, Judge Turaki Mohammed, in his ruling on Wednesday, quashed the suit for lack of jurisdiction.
Judge Mohammed, who delivered his sentence in just five minutes, said the lower court could have nothing to do with a matter that had been decided by the appeals court.
The judge drew his decision from a judgment of the Court of Appeal, in particular, the decision of the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal.
Mohammed maintained that the Court of Appeal’s decisions on the matter were binding on him and constituted sufficient grounds for annulment of the case.
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