Abia APC guber primary: Aggrieved aspirant seeks redress in court

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An APC governorship aspirant in Abia, Chief Daniel Eke, has asked a Federal High Court in the state to declare the outcomes of the May 26 governorship primaries in the state as unlawful and invalid.

Eke, a U.S.-based Chartered Accountant, urged the court to stop two chieftains of the party, Chief Ikechi Emenike and Dr Uche Ogah, from parading themselves as the APC governorship candidates for the 2023 general elections in Abia.

It will be recalled that Abia APC had organised two parallel governorship primary elections during its primaries in Abia State, which produced Emenike and Ogah, respectively as candidates.

While Emenike’s group allegedly adopted indirect mode of primary election, Ogah’s faction claimed to have adopted the direct mode. Eke averred that APC’s National Working Committee (NWC) directed Abia to conduct direct primary election for the governorship aspirants.

In his suit, he argued that Ogah’s “factional purported direct primary election” was not conducted by the APC Electoral Committee Officers, led by Messrs Tonie Obiefuna and Chukwudi Kanu as Chairman and Secretary, respectively.

He also stated that Emenike’s adoption of indirect mode of primary election was in total violation of the NWC’s directives, guidelines and relevant sections of the party’s Constitution.

The applicant, therefore, urged the court to declare that both Emenike and Ogah “emerged from an invalid, unlawful and illegal factional primary elections conducted contrary to the Constitution of APC and Electoral Act 2022”.

Eke sought the court’s injunction restraining the two defendants “from parading themselves as duly nominated governorship candidates of APC”.

He also sought an order restraining the duo from contesting the APC governorship poll in the 2023 general elections.

The aspirant asked for an order to restrain INEC “from accepting or recognising and presenting the two defendants as the APC governorship candidates for the general elections in Abia”.

Eke stated that the greatest infraction in the conduct of the APC governorship primary elections in Abia was that “there were no correspondences to the aspirants and supporters, regarding the venue and time for the exercise”, alleging that the exercise was shrouded in secrecy.

According to him, there was no election from which the so-called delegates emerged, in the case of indirect primary election and urged the court not to allow the purported primary elections by Emenike and Ogah to stand but declare it a nullity.

The governorship hopeful further alleged that he was unfairly and unjustly treated by the party’s NWC and asked the court to award N100 million damages in his favour and against Emenike and Ogah “for inducing and masterminding the infractions invalidating the APC gubernatorial primary election in Abia”.

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