December 1, 2022



Once more, Umahi downplays court docket judgement as FHC throws out Ebonyi governor from senatorial contest

Ebonyi state governor Dave Umahi

A Particular Assistant to governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state, Mr. Chooks Oko, Friday stated the judgment of the Federal Excessive court docket, Abakaliki was deceptive.

The Federal Excessive Court docket sitting within the State recognised Princess Ann Agom-Eze, because the Senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Ebonyi South zone. 

Umahi on shedding APC Presidential ticket took over the Ebonyi South Senatorial slot from youthful brother Austin Umahi 

Austin had withdrawn from the race on the 2nd main election performed on June 9, 2022.

On securing the ticket after a re-run by the occasion on identical June 9, 2022, the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) declined to add the governor’s title because the APC senatorial candidate for Ebonyi south district.

Following the event, Governor Umahi via his Counsel, Roy Nweze Umahi, dragged INEC to the Federal Excessive Court docket in Abakaliki, to compel the fee to recognise him because the genuine senatorial candidate for Ebonyi South senatorial District. 

However Princess Agom-Eze, on Tuesday, approached the court docket and urged it to not recognise Governor Umahi’s Senatorial bid.

Umahi’s Counsel argued that the governor’s title ought to be recognised by INEC, therefore the first winner of the Ebonyi South Senatorial main election which occurred at Afikpo North Native Authorities Space within the state. 

Delivering his judgment on Friday, Justice Fatun Riman, cited part 115 of the Electoral Act 2022, saying the governor was not an aspirant and can’t take part within the election or pre-election issues of the APC as regards the Ebonyi South zone, whose main held on the twenty eighth day of Could 2022. 

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In response to the above part of the brand new Electoral Act, the governor neither procured types nor participated within the election and can’t declare any proper primarily based on the first election. 

That is approaching the heels of a revelation by the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State, Mike Igini, that politicians who procured a number of types had been criminals and danger two years imprisonment. 

Reacting, the counsel to Mrs. Agom-Eze, Barr Nwonu Nnaemeka, stated his group’s argument was its consumer, upon the withdrawal of Austin Umahi from the first, she ought to declare all her rights in legislation as regards the train, being the second runner-up.

Nevertheless, Mr. Oko in an announcement the identical Friday stated the choose was misled by Mrs. Agomeze.

The assertion reads, “The eye of the Ebonyi State Governor has been drawn to mischievous faux information by one Mrs. Ann Agom Eze, who contested the Ebonyi South APC senatorial main election and bought one vote, over the court docket judgment on Ebonyi South APC primaries.

“The choose was misled by Ann Agom Eze who lied on oath that she by no means withdrew from the competition.

“She additional connived together with her buddy who’s a member of the APC Working committee to submit cast paperwork presupposed to be coming from APC nationwide headquarters.

“With this false data and the deceptive of the discovered choose, the pronouncement of the court docket was that there ought to be a rerun election inside fourteen days the place all of the events ought to take part.

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“Ann Agom Eze and her PDP collaborators are unaware of the wording of part 115 of the electoral legislation they’re quoting because the Governor was by no means a candidate in any two elections as they’re oblivious of the distinction between a candidate and an aspirant”.