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Court orders INEC to reinstate Soludo, Uba as APGA, PDP candidates

 

  • Reaffirms Victor Oye as chairman of APGA
An Anambra State High Court in Awka has directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to publish the names of two governorship candidates for the November 6 election without further delay.

The candidates are Senator Ugochukwu Uba of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Prof Chukwuma Soludo for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Justice Obiora Nwabunike, who adjudicated on the case involving Uba, Valentine Ozigbo, and the PDP, said the party erred by using what it called ‘super delegates’ without vacating a pending order by an Abuja court.

The judge held: “With the evidence before me and having heard from parties involved in the matter, I rule that Ugochukwu Uba is the duly elected candidate of PDP

Prof Chukwuma Soludo for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Senator Ugochukwu Uba of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

“It’s not for nothing that court judges are called My Lords. When a court makes a pronouncement, it must be obeyed. No matter how foolish or ugly, it must be obeyed.

“So, it was wrong for the PDP to go-ahead to conduct the primary election at the Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Centre that produced Valentine Ozigbo, with what they called super delegates against a live judgment of a court, without overturning the judgment.

“That action cannot be vitiated or mitigated by the argument adduced by defense counsel that party primaries are internal affairs of political parties.

“I order that Ugochukwu Uba’s name should be enlisted by the INEC without further delay and the defendants should pay a cost of N10million to the applicant.”

In the other case, Justice C.C. Okaa reinstated Prof Soludo as the APGA candidate and ordered INEC to publish his name immediately.

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The Court also ordered INEC to remove the already-published name of Chukwuma Umeoji, ordering him to stop parading himself as the candidate of APGA

Justice Okaa reaffirmed Victor Ike Oye as the indisputable National Chairman of APGA and ordered Edozie Njoku and Jude Okeke to stop parading themselves as national chairmen of APGA.

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