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Court Throws Out AAC’s Suit Challenging Rivers Poll

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A Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan on Wednesday dissolved a 33-year marriage between one Taiwo Dosumu and his wife, Omolara, due to threat to life.

An Abuja high court sitting has struck a suit filed by the African Action Congress (AAC) challenging the conduct of the Rivers State governorship and house of assembly elections, which held on March 9, 2019.

The suit marked FHC/ ABJ/CS/303/2019, which was filed by the party’s gubernatorial candidate in the state, Biokpomabo Awara and Ben-Gurion John Peter, alleged that the election was marred with irregularities. They also urged the court to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from collating the results of elections.

Presiding judge, Inyang Ekwo, in a ruling on Tuesday, said that the court has no jurisdiction to hear the case. He said that election cases were meant to be heard by the state Election Petition Tribunal.

According to Ekwo, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who is the second respondent in the case, was right that the federal high court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case adjudge to be seeking post-election prayers.

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The judge further declined jurisdiction and dismissed the case.

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