By Adamu Usman

PORT-HARCOURT– The Appeal Court sitting in Port Harcourt led by Justice C. N. Uwah has thrown out the appeal by the Tonye Cole led faction of the APC challenging the High Court judgment of Justice Chiwendu Nwogu that nullified APC’s congress in Rivers State.

Uwah said the appeal lacked competence and merit so the court would not entertain it because it will be an academic exercise that will have no effect stressing that it was a preelection matter.

The counsel to Cole, Wisdom Jerome, however, said they will head to the Supreme Court since he was not satisfied with the judgment.

Lawyer to Senator Magnus Abe, Barrister Henry Bello, however, said there was no more appeal for the APC again in the state and posited that the previous judgment was right.

Gbaramatu Voice observed there was jubilation all around the court premises on Moscow Road by members of the party loyal to Abe. With this judgment, the APC will have no candidate at the state level in the approaching elections.

Speaking on the development, Governor Nyesom Wike blamed God-fatherism for the situation the APC found itself and urged the members to join the PDP as there is room for them while calling on the members of the party to defend their votes and be wary of the promise of the new Commissioner of Police that he would ensure a level playing ground during the elections.

The leader of the APC and Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, said the party is currently consulting to know the party to support at the state level during the elections.