The Independent National Electoral Commission in Rivers State finally released the list of presidential, senatorial and House of Representatives candidates with the exclusion of candidates of the All Progressives Congress in the state.
While the list contains details of candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, Accord Party, Labour Party, Social Democratic Party and Green Party of Nigeria, etc., those of the state APC were conspicuously missing.
The reason, it was gathered, was because of the court ruling asking INEC to remove Rivers APC candidates from the list of persons running for the 2019 general elections.
Recall that the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Obo Effanga, had maintained that INEC would abide by the directives of the court since it was a creation of the law.
Effanga had told our Correspondent while responding to an order by a Federal High Court that INEC should expunge the names of APC candidates in the state from its list ahead of the 2019 elections.
The state REC had stated that the Commission would not hesitate to do anything it was ordered to do by the court.
No politician or party member was around when the list was published at the INEC office in Port Harcourt at about 4.15pm on Thursday.