Government & Politics

Rivers State: Tony Cole Hopeful Of Running For Governor

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Pastor Tonye Cole, is hopeful the Supreme Court will allow him run in the March 2 polls.

Cole, through the spokesman of his campaign organisation, Ogbonna Nwuke, said: “We have received a formal brief from our lawyers who were at the Supreme Court this (yesterday) morning to press the arguments of the APC and its candidates in some cases that are currently pending before the superior court.

“We have learnt that no less than three different matters were entertained today by the apex court. The first was an application by Senator Magnus Abe’s lawyer against the stay of execution granted Pastor Tonye Cole and candidates of the APC by the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt.

“The second matter was based on jurisdiction, while the third matter witnessed the commencement of initial legal arguments in a substantive matter. We are happy with the pace that is being adopted by the Supreme Court. We are particularly pleased that the attempt to frustrate the stay of execution granted by the Court of Appeal at the Supreme Court was today (yesterday) refused.

“Senator Magnus Abe and his associates have been ordered by the Supreme Court to descend to the court below for the eventual determination of the substantive suit.

“From what transpired today (yesterday), hearing in some cases which were argued, would continue tomorrow (today) at the Supreme Court. Against this background, we urge Rivers people and our teeming party supporters to kindly remain focused and law abiding.

“We have confidence in our lawyers and enormous faith in our God. They (the unnamed aggressors) had lied to an unsuspecting public that ongoing litigation at the Supreme Court had been settled. We are wondering what they are still trying to do in court, if there are no issues before the Supreme Court.

“For us, it is not over, until it is over. We shall continue to push for equity, fairness and justice. It does not matter whatever our opponents do, we know that justice will eventually prevail.”

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