The Federal High Court, in Abuja, has on Tuesday, dismissed a suit filed by the African Action Congress, AAC, and three of its members, seeking to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from concluding and collating the results of the March 9, 2019, Governorship and House of Assembly elections, in Rivers State.
Dismissing the suit in a judgment, Justice Inyang Ekwo upheld the preliminary objection filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to challenge the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case.
The Judge agreed with the PDP, that the Federal High Court lacks jurisdiction to hear the case, adjudged to be seeking post-election prayers, which could only be entertained by an Election Petition Tribunal.
He held that the suit was an attempt by the plaintiffs to make the court constitute itself into an Election Petition Tribunal.
The plaintiffs who filed the suit marked FHC/ ABJ/CS/303/2019, are the AAC, its Governorship Candidate in Rivers State, Biokpomabo Awara, and Ben-Gurion John Peter.
The respondents to the suit which was filed on March 18, 2019, are INEC and the PDP.
The plaintiffs, had in their suit, challenged INEC’s decision to resume the announcement of the results of the elections, which it had earlier said was marred by violence and irregularities.
They had contended that the credibility of the election had been impugned by violence, disruption, and the appointment of PDP members by INEC, in the conduct of the elections, therefore, the Electoral body ought to conduct a fresh elections.
Recall, that Rotimi Amaechi, a few days to the elections, adopted the AAC with massive support, to defeat the PDP Governorship Candidate, Nyesom Wike.