A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday declared former Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Dr Uchechukwu Ogah, as the duly elected governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Abia.
Justice Binta Nyako, in a judgment, upheld the direct primary election that produced Ogah as APC’s candidate, having been monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Justice Nyako invalidated the candidacy of Chief Ikechi Emenike, who was earlier recognised by INEC as the party’s candidate for the March 11, 2023 governorship poll.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ogah, in a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/95/2022, had sued High Chief Ikechi Emenike; APC; Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the party’s National Chairman; INEC and Daniel Eke as 1st to 5th defendants respectively.
In the amended originating summons filed August 22 by his team of lawyers led by D.D. Dodo, SAN, the ex-minister sought “a declaration that by virtue of Section 84(4) of the Electoral Act 2022, the direct primaries held by the 2nd defendant (APC) and monitored by the 4th defendant (INEC) was in substantial compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 on the conduct of primary elections for the nomination of governorship candidate for the 2nd defendant.
“A declaration that having conducted its direct primaries in line with Section 84(4) of the Electoral Act and having had same monitored by the 4th defendant, the 2nd defendant was not at liberty to conduct any other primaries for the nomination of a candidate for the Abia State Governorship contest in 2023.”
Ogah, among other prayers, urged the court to direct the APC to forward his name to INEC forthwith as its duly nominated candidate for the 2023 Abia governorship poll.
Delivering her judgment, the judge agreed with the plaintiff (Ogar) and ordered the party to forward his name to INEC as the duly elected Abia governorship candidate for the 2023 election.
Nyako, who invalidated the indirect election that produced Emenike as the party’s candidate, also directed the electoral umpire to recognise Ogah’s name as the duly elected APC’s candidate.
‘Emenike remains candidate’
Reacting to the judgment, the Legal Adviser of the state APC, Vigilus Nwankwo, said the Appeal Court had already affirmed Emenike as the duly elected candidate of Abia APC, hence the judgment of a lower court cannot alter the status quo.
“In the eye of the law Ikechi Emenike still remains the candidate of APC in Abia,” he said, adding that the said judgment delivered by Justice Nyako “cannot be enforced or executed until the final pronouncement by the Supreme Court on the subject matter”.
The Court of Appeal in Abuja had on October 14, 2022 upheld the judgment of the Abia State High Court presided by Justice Benson Anya which had on June 24, 2022 affirmed the candidature of Emenike in Suit No HUM/31/2022: Ikechi Emenike vs APC & 2 ORS.
The Appellate Court gave the affirmation while dismissing the application filed by Obinna Oriaku Eze, seeking to appeal against the judgment delivered on September 2, 2022 by the Appeal Court, Owerri Division in Appeal No. CA/OW/269/2022.
“The law is trite that judgments of the appellate courts bind the court and parties,” Nwankwo said, adding that “the judgment of the Federal High Court cannot override and is not superior to the said three judgments of the Court of Appeal”.
BREAKING: Appeal Court Upholds Bwacha, Binani’s Governorship Candidacy
The Court of Appeal in Yola on Thursday upheld the governorship candidacy of All Progressives Congress candidates, Emmanuel Bwacha and Aisha Binani for Taraba and Adamawa states respectively.
The Appeal Court set aside a ruling by the High Court nullifying their candidacy and ordered that their names be forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission as the APC governorship candidates for both states.
“Enugu North Constituency Has Been Fatherless For The Past 4 Years” – Hon. Nwababy
Enugu North Constituency Has Suffered The Most Under PDP administration – Hon. Nwababy.
‘After 4 Years Of PDP Rule, Enugu North Constituency Has Become An Orphan with no direction or focus, APGA Enugu North Constituency candidate opines.
“I go About On Keke, I Feel Your Pain And Know How To Represent You.
Hon Bethel Chukwuemeka Agu, alias Nwababy, candidate of The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA for the Enugu North House Of Assembly Constituency has pledged to make politics a grassroot affair as he continues his campaign trail.
Delivering his speech during his courtesy call on stakeholders of the Old Boys Association Of Iva Valley, Ward 12, Hon. Nwababy challenged the residents and voters of Ward 12 to list any positive result they can remember that was implemented by their current representative under the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
Addressing prominent members of the Ward, the APGA hopeful lamented that there has been no adequate representation of Enugu North Constituency in governance.
” None of you can point to a single infrastructure or policy that has been pushed or passed by your representative from the PDP.
” We need new water bill, household bill initiative and public school initiatives. I am one of you, I don’t have a flashy car, I go around on motorized tricycle (Keke) so I feel the hardship of the people first hand. I know how to represent you..
Chairman of the Old Boys Association Iva Valley, Ozo Ochi, thanked Hon. Bethel Chukwuemeka Agu for his role in society and his contribution in making Iva Valley a safe and habitable place for both indigens and non-indigens to cohabit peacefully.
The President General of Iva Valley, Hon. Christian in his remark, assured the APGA hopeful of hundred percent support in the forthcoming elections
BREAKING: ESCSEG Endorses Frank Nweke Jr. For Governor, Promises Widespread Sensitization
Enugu State Citizen Support for Equity and Good Governance, a Sociopolitical Group in Enugu State has endorsed Frank Nweke Jr as their preferred candidate for the 2023 gubernatorial election in Enugu State.
The group, known for championing good governance and sensitising citizens across the State to participate in the political process said they had done a careful study of the state of Enugu and the candidates, and concluded that Frank Nweke Jr was the best person to occupy the Government house.
The State Coordinator, Comrade Emma Onwe (Onyedozi) said he was certain that they had chosen to support the right person and the group would throw their full structure behind him.
“We believe that Enugu will get it right this time. We have never had real elections in Enugu but we are thankful for the new electoral act and how things are looking up.
“We have spent months sensitising people to come out and cast their votes. Our votes will count and we have chosen to give it to the most competent person and that is Frank Nweke Jr”
The event also featured a short drama piece by the women arm of the group, rousing the people of Enugu to come out en masse and vote for Frank Nweke Jr and APGA.
Addressing the audience of over a thousand people, the governorship candidate thanked them for taking the responsibility to play their part in the political process, reiterating that Leadership and Followership is a shared responsibility and the key to maintaining accountability in government.
He went on to share his plans for Enugu State if elected as governor, enumerating reasons why they had made the right choice by endorsing him.
“The 2023 election is our opportunity to change the way the government is run. I will show the people of Enugu that my word can be trusted. When I say I will ensure accountability in government and put an end to pilfering, ndi Enugu can trust me to deliver on it” he stated.