Appeal Court fixes date for ruling on Tonye Cole’s appeal

The appeal court sitting in Port Harcourt on Thursday fixed the 5th of February, 2019 for judgement on a motion of stay of execution filed by Arch Tonye Cole.

Our correspondent gathered that the three-man panel led by Justice A.A GUMUL granted the hearing of all substantive appeals but reserved ruling for February 5th 2019.

Recall that Arch Tonye Cole had approached the court for a stay of execution of the judgement of the Federal High Court which directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to recognise candidates of the All Progressives Congress for the 2019 elections.

Counsel to Magnus Abe, Sir Henry Bello opined that the judgment of the court of Appeal is a consensus judgment until it is set aside by the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, counsel Tonye Cole is however optimistic that the stay of execution would be granted on the February 5th, 2019.

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