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Election – Abia Gov Primary Case Adjourned To Oct 5 

A Government High Court sitting in Umuahia, Abia State has concluded a case trying to invalidate the essential political decision that created Ikechi Emenike as the governorship up-and-comer of the All Dynamic Congress, to October 5, 2022 for a clear hearing.

A governorship wannabe in the party, Daniel Squeeze, for a situation number FHC/UM/CS/96/2022 moved toward the court, looking for the invalidation of the backhanded essential political decision that created Emenike and the immediate essential political race that delivered the prompt past priest of state for mines and steel improvement. Uche Ogah, as a factional up-and-comer, over lie.

The court, managed by Equity E .N Anyadike, without a doubt the direction to the offended party, Obinna Nkume, supplication for time to be given to his group to answer the cycles documented by the respondents, which was not served on chance to them.

Addressing columnists soon after the Court sitting, Nkume said his clients were bothered by the essential political race that created Emenike and Ogah, which he portrayed as an act.

He said, “The couple can’t support the cases concerning the discretionary demonstration and, surprisingly, the party mandate and constitution.

“The party directed that direct primary should be held in Abia State and without regards to the directive, the electoral committee that nominated Emenike went and indirect primary contrary to party directive.

“The electoral act is clear. If a party chooses a direct primary election, it must direct and vice versa. So a party cannot choose direct primary and do indirect primary. That’s Ikechi Emenike’s problem. 

“Then, on the side of Uche Ogah, it is very clear that the electoral committee that was nominated by the party national leadership did not supervise his primary election. That one is already settled by the law. Once the national working committee of the party does not supervise a primary election, it’s a sham, even if the Independent National Electoral Commission supervises it.

“We are not deterred that the APC may recognize one of the aspirants or INEC may publish the name of the one aspirant as a candidate. We did mention that in the court, and court quickly responded by saying that it is not bounded by what INEC is doing.

“The Court is the final arbiter. If INEC publishes a name and the court says no, you don’t have any candidate that was nominated by a valid primary election, then everything that’s based on that primary holds no water.

“Section 84 (13) of the Electoral Act makes it clear that once a political party does not have any candidate that is nominated through a valid primary election, it is presumed that the party does not have anybody to represent them in that election.

“All we are are saying that the primary election conducted by the APC in Abia State was not in line with the party’s constitution and our client who was an aspirant in that primary election should be paid huge damages for all the inconveniences caused him by the actions of the party.”

Responding the counsel to Ikechi Emenike, H. O Afolabi (SAN) insisted that his client was nominated by a validly primary election supervised by the National election committee nominated by the party.

He said, “We have responded to the claims of the plaintiff. If he says that the primary election was a sham. We have put forward before the court the authenticated results of the indirect primary election where our client was declared the winner.

“He is not even so sure of himself, he said he was running around on that day. He couldn’t say he participated in the direct or indirect primary election. I think he doesn’t even know the one he is challenging now”.

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