The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has suffered heavy casualties as the National and State House of Assembly Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja dismissed two of its petitions against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The tribunal dismissed the petition filed by Hon. Lucky Odili and another against Prince Uche Nnam-Obi on the grounds that the petitioner was not qualified, while the second petitioner did not give the required 21 days notice of primary election to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in line with Paragraph 85(1) of Electoral Act
The petition filed by Hon. Dawari George challenging the election of Hon Boma Goodhead into the House of Representatives was also dismissed on the grounds that the petitioner was not qualified and that the second petitioner also did not give 21 days notice of primary election to INEC.
Meanwhile, the tribunal struck out nine paragraphs out of the petition filed by Hon. Otelemaba Amachere and his party, the APC, wherein he challenged the election of Hon. Osinaka Ideozu of the PDP.
The tribunal presided by Justice Adamu Gumba also struck out the Nigerian Navy, the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps all of which were listed as the respondents to the petition.
It said that they were not necessary parties to the petition.