Hearing on the suit filed by one of the governorship aspirants in the just-concluded All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries in Rivers State against the party’s governorship candidate, Patrick Tonye-Cole, and the APC has again suffered a setback before a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt.
The plaintiff, Bernard Mikko, is seeking, among other things, an order restraining Tonye-Cole from parading himself as the governorship candidate of the APC, his disqualification for alleged questionable character contained in a white paper report of Rivers State Commission of Inquiry and alleged noncompliance with the electoral act during the primaries.
When the parties arrived in court, the clerk informed the legal representatives of the absence of the presiding judge.
The case was therefore fixed for August 15 for a hearing on the application for joinder.
Recall that an aggrieved governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Bernard Mikko, had dragged the governorship candidate of the party, Tonye Cole, to a Federal High Court in the state over alleged violation of the electoral act and indictment of a panel report against him (Cole).
Mikko is one of the APC governorship aspirants in the just concluded party’s primaries in Rivers State.
In the suit before the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Mikko sought the leaf of the court to restrain Cole from parading as the governorship candidate of APC and his disqualification for alleged questionable character as contained in the white paper report of Rivers State’s commission of inquiry.
The applicant in the suit argued that despite the indictment of the panel report, he went ahead to contest the party’s primaries.
When the matter was mentioned in the court yesterday, the Presiding Judge, Justice Phoebe Ayua, granted leaf of application by counsel to the plaintiff, Usman Sule, to serve the defendants the court process through substitute means.
Justice Ayua, thereafter, adjourned the matter till July 8, 2022, for reports of service and hearing on application for jointer by counsel to Ojukaye Flag-Amachree who is seeking to be joined in the matter.