Court disqualifies Labour Party’s assembly candidates in Rivers

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A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has sacked four House of Assembly candidates of the Labour Party in Rivers State.

The affected candidates include those for Obio/Akpor 1 and 2, Tai and Gokana State constituencies.

The presiding Judge, Justice Turaki Mohammed in his judgment on Tuesday, noted that the Labour Party did not comply with the Electoral Act act while conducting four of the State House of Assembly primary elections.

In the suit filed before the court by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Justice Mohammed also directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to delist the names of the affected Labour Party candidates.

The judge, however, did not agree with the PDP that the primary elections of the Labour Party that produced candidates for Ahoada East and West were not monitored by the INEC.

Meanwhile, counsel to the Labour Party candidates, Uche Olewunne has vowed that his clients will challenge the judgement at the Court of Appeal.