APC faction celebrates after court sacks Ayogu Eze as Enugu governorship candidate

An All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Enugu State, Okey Ogbodo, has hailed a Federal High Court judgement that sacked Senator Ayogu Eze as the governorship candidate of the party. Ogbodo, who was reacting to the judgement of an Abuja Federal High Court, described it as a “good development.”

“The judgement is a good development. I have always believed and trusted in the judiciary. I believe in our justice system and I know that the truth will always come out,” he said. Ogbodo, who is also an APC factional chairman in the state, said that Eze never participated in the APC primary election in the state. “The only person that actually contested was George Ogara, while the other people went to hotel and wrote names. Thank God the truth has finally come out,” he said. Ogbodo said that the country would be a better place if the judiciary continued with the truth, while expressing the determination of APC to win the gubernatorial election in Enugu State. “PDP has failed woefully; so, with the victory of Ogara, the battle has been won,” Ogbodo said.

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In a swift reaction, Senator Eze’s Chief Campaign Spokesperson, Mr. Okey Ezirigwe, said the governorship candidate would appeal the judgement. Ezirigwe, in a statement, said the campaign organisation would continue its political programme in spite of the judgement. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a Federal High Court in Abuja has sacked Senator Ayogu Eze as the Enugu State governorship candidate of the APC.

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In a judgment delivered on Tuesday morning by Justice I. Ekwo of the Federal High Court 5, the court asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to recognise George Ogara as the candidate. Ogara dragged Senator Ayogu Eze, the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, Prof Moses Momoh and the Independent National Electoral Commission before the Court, challenging Ayogu’s emergence as the APC governorship candidate for the 2019 general elections in the state.

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Justice Inyang Ekwo held that the direct primary election of the party that produced Ogara as the governorship candidate in Enugu was in compliance with the party’s guidelines and the Electoral Act. He held that he scored the highest votes in the primary conducted in 270 wards of the 17 Local Government Areas. The court ordered the National Working Committee of the APC to forward Ogara’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission as the party’s candidate in the 2019 governorship election.

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