High Court Disqualifies Cole, Rivers APC Governorship Candidate over Dual Citizenship

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A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has disqualified the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Patrick Tonye-Cole over dual citizenship and non-compliance with the electoral act by his party.

The People's Democratic Party in Rivers State had approached the court to direct the Independent National Electoral Commission not to recognize Tonye-Cole as the governorship candidate of APC for alleged dual citizenship and that the delegate's election that brought him did not follow due process.

Today FM's Uchendu Ejiowhor reports that Justice Emmanuel Obile in his judgment agreed with the People's Democratic Party that Tonye-Cole who has dual citizenship is not eligible to contest the governorship election.

Speaking to newsmen outside the courtroom, counsel to the PDP, Dike Udenna expressed happiness over the judgment.

On his part, counsel to the APC, Collins Dike assured that the party will challenge the judgment at the Court of Appeal.

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