The Federal High Court sitting in Asaba today sacked the Jones Erue-led executive committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Delta State.
Justice Adegoke further held that all actions purportedly taken by the Erue-led executives were null and void, thereby nullifying the candidacy of the candidates who emerged from the primaries conducted by the Erue-led executives.
According to Rowland Ekpe, the counsel to the Cyril Ogodo exco, the re-election of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, representing Delta Central and other candidates in the just-concluded elections, is now null and void following the judgment since they all emerged from the primaries conducted by the Erue-led executives.
“The Primaries conducted by Mefor Progress, those names are the authentic names,”Mr Ekpe stressed.Other candidates affected by the judgment include the state governorship candidate, Great Ogboru, and the senatorial candidate for Delta South Senatorial District and immediate past governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, among others.
Meanwhile, Mr Okubo Nwachukwu, counsel to the Erue-led executives said they would review the court’s judgment, noting that they would appeal the verdict passed by Justice Toyin Adegoke. “We will look at the judgment, and see what we are going to do, but hopefully we are going to appeal against the judgment. I am very certain that the appeal will be favourable,” Mr Nwachukwu stated.
It would be recalled that The Federal High sitting in Asaba, Delta State has put on hold further trial in a suit brought by Mr. Cyril Abeye Ogodo seeking to be recognised as the authentic Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state.
In the suit, Ogodo is seeking about 23 other reliefs, among which is a declaration that he is the authentic state chairman of the state APC, and that any and every action purportedly taken, initiated or carried out by the fourth defendant, Jones Erue as chairman of APC
(first defendant) by the second defendant (national Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole) in Delta State following his purported inauguration, swearing-in and recognition and/or appointment by the national chairman as chairman of APC in Delta State is null, void and of no effect.
By implication, the suit is seeking the nullification of the emergence of Great Ogboru as governorship candidate, emergence of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege and Doris Uboh as senatorial candidates, as well as emergence of other
candidates for the House of Representatives and House of Assembly in the 2019 general elections from the primaries conducted by the Jones Erue-led state executive committee.
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