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Abia primary struggle: The court publishes the details of a ruling confirming Oja as a genuine gubernatorial candidate

On Monday, the Federal High Court in Abuja released details of the judgment ordering the removal of the former Chancellor and Rector of the University of Nigeria Nsukka in Enugu State, Mr Ekechi Emeneke.

The court had on Friday, November 11, 2022 ordered the dismissal of Emenech and affirmed that the former Minister of State for Mining and Steel Development, Dr.

The Daily Mail reports that on 26 May 2022 the All Progressives Congress held a parallel primary election in Abia State, which saw Ujjah and Eminek emerge as gubernatorial candidates for Abia State in the 2023 main election respectively.

Despite an outcry being shared by the majority of important party leaders, stakeholders and members across LGA in the state, the All Progressives Congress National Leadership (APC) provided the names and details of Mr. Ekechi Emenekhi, and the party leadership provided the names and details of Mr. Ekechi Emenek as Abia Governor candidate in the committee independent national election.

Against this background, Uchi Oga applied to the Abuja High Court to contest the eligibility and nomination of Emeneke by the APC leadership, and the party leadership submitted the names and details of Ekechi Emeneke to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

However, a copy of the ruling by Justice Binta Murtala Nyako dismissing Mr Ekechi Emenech who was a defendant in the suit brought by Oja has been made available to reporters in Umuahia, the capital of Abia state on Monday, for which the indirect primaries were held. . that produced Emenike was in complete disobedience to a message transmitted to INEC by the CDP’s national leadership that it would adopt direct primary elections in the state.

According to the court, “Other states where APC has indicated that it will adopt the direct method of primaries include Osun and Benue.

In her ruling, Justice Nyaku also considered it strange how the APC notified the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) of its decision to adopt direct primary status in the state and abandoned it by recognizing a candidate, Emenike who emerged from an alleged indirect primary, saying this was invalid.

Citing the letter addressed to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and signed by the National Chair of the APC, Senator Abdullah Adamu and the Secretary, Iyiola Omisore, from which the affidavit was also isolated, Justice Nyaku questioned why the alleged indirect primaries were still held. .

The Supreme Court further held direct primary elections on 26 and 27 May 2022, which resulted in Ugah, former Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, being the only valid gubernatorial primary conducted by the APC in Abia and monitored by INEC, a report that was endorsed by The Resident Electoral Commissioner in charge of Abia State. sponsored said,

“Based on the above, I also find that the Plaintiff (Uche Ogah) emerged as the second Respondent’s (APC) ruling nominee from the primary held by the second Respondent and is being observed by the fourth Respondent (INEC) as shown in Exhibit INEC 1, The Second Respondent (APC) is obliged to forward the name of the Claimant to the Fourth Respondent as a candidate for the Abia State Governance Elections 2023.

“Accordingly, I find that the submission of the name of the first defendant (Emenike) by the second defendant in place of the name of the plaintiff to the fourth defendant is unlawful, unlawful, null and void, and is hereby rescinded.” This order is hereby requested as follows:

“Under Section 84(4) of the 2022 Election Act, the Direct Primary Election held by the Second Defendant/observed by the Fourth Defendant on May 26, 2022 was substantially in accordance with the provisions of the Election Act and is therefore legal and valid.

“After direct primaries have been held in accordance with Section 84 of the Elections Act and the same after being observed by the fourth respondent, it is no longer open to the second respondent to conduct any other primaries and especially the alleged indirect primaries that produced the first defendant as a proposed candidate for the second respondent For the gubernatorial elections of Abia State 2023.

“The second respondent shall immediately transfer the name of the plaintiff to the fourth respondent as the duly nominated candidate for the 2023 Abia State governance elections.

The court ruled “The Fourth Defendant shall substitute the Name of the First Defendant previously sent by the Second Defendant with the name of the Claimant as the duly nominated candidate of the Second Defendant for the 2023 Abia State Governor Elections.”

Remember, Ujjah appeared on 26 May 2022 as the standard bearer for the Governor of Abia at the All Progressives Conference in the recently concluded gubernatorial primary for the upcoming 2023 Abia state general election.

He was declared the winner of the just concluded gubernatorial primary after polling 141,952 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Paul Aacon who scored 27,054.

Other gubernatorial hopefuls include Ikeichi Emineke who polls 9,446, Emeka Atuma with 7,429, Obinna Uraku with 5,553, Alex Otei with 2,41 and Daniel Ike who polls with 1,953 in the hotly contested direct primary.

Abia primary struggle: The court publishes the details of a ruling confirming Oja as a genuine gubernatorial candidate

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