The Supreme Court struck out the suit filed by Senator Magnus Abe on the primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State but the senator rather celebrates.
In a unanimous judgment read on Monday by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Ibrahim Mohammed, the apex court dismissed the application on the ground that it lacks merit.
The court also noted that the suit is incompetent and a gross violation of order 2 rule 8 of the supreme court rules.
It held that once a notice of appeal has been found defective, it cannot be amended.
Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, has commended the judiciary over the judgment of the Supreme Court which struck out the appeals in which he and other candidates of the Rivers APC has prayed the court to make a pronouncement on the propriety of the direct primary elections conducted by the APC in Rivers State for the nomination of its candidates for the 2019 general elections.
“while we prayed for a more positive outcome, we accept the final position of the Supreme Court in good faith”.
Abe in a statement issued and signed by his spokesperson, Parry Saroh Benson, expressed his profound gratitude to the judiciary for offering the aggrieved members of the APC in Rivers State the platform and opportunity to challenge the injustice and impunity by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State.
He said it was gratifying to note that through the judiciary, impunity and injustice within the party could be challenged, describing it as democracy at work.
“We are grateful to the judiciary for the opportunity offered myself and other law-abiding members of the APC to challenge the injustice and fraud perpetrated by the leadership of the party in Rivers State.
We commend all those who fought for the course of justice through thick and thin, in the face of threats, intimidation, and inducement.
Our joy knows no bounds because we made our case without arming youths, plotting violence or assassinating anyone’s character.
We were able to hold on to our quest for justice without spilling blood. We were attacked severally and our offices vandalized by violent and vengeful politicians within the APC, in the course of our peaceful agitation, yet we never responded with violence. I am grateful to you all.
I remain a committed member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and I call on all genuine members of our party to remain resolute in our commitment to enthrone internal democracy in the APC and bring real change to Nigeria.
Senator Abe appealed to all those who left the party in the state due to provocation, and disrespect by the leadership to return, ‘so we can do things right, do things better and make the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party of our dreams”.