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Supreme Court to hear Tonye-Cole, Fubara’s case today


The Supreme Court in Abuja is set to hear and possibly issue a judgment on Monday regarding the appeal brought forth by Patrick Tonye-Cole, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State. 

The appeal is against the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Peoples Democratic Party, and Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

Tonye-Cole’s main contention is that Fubara, the current governor, failed to resign as the Accountant General of the state within the constitutionally and electorally mandated deadline. 

Consequently, Tonye-Cole asserts that Fubara was ineligible to participate in the election, and thus, INEC’s declaration of him as the election winner is invalid.

The Supreme Court will consider these arguments, along with other pleas presented by the APC candidate, in today’s session. 

It’s noteworthy that all electoral legal matters are anticipated to conclude by tomorrow, January 16, 2024.


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