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Appeal Court affirms Umahi as Ebonyi APC senatorial candidate

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has affirmed the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, as the authentic candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the South senatorial district after dismissing an appeal brought before it by a former aspirant, Ann Agom-Eze.

Before the judgement, the appellate court set aside a ruling delivered by a lower court and recognised the governor as the duly elected candidate for the party ahead of next year’s election.

The Court on Friday held that the High Court was wrong when it upheld Agom-Eze’s counter-affidavit and failed to uphold the primary election of 9th June, whereat Umahi was nominated as the APC Senatorial candidate.

It noted that the court did not put into consideration that the nomination of the governor was never challenged by anybody within 14 days as prescribed by section 285(9) of the 1999 Constitution before the primary.

On these premises, the court proceeded to grant all the reliefs sought by the Governor, who lost his presidential primary, and the APC in the trial court.

It would be recalled that a Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki had last month recognized Agom-Eze as the senatorial candidate for the Zone.

Agom-Eze, a chieftain of the ruling party had challenged Umahi’s emergence as the Ebonyi South Senatorial Zone candidate, following a primary election that was held on July 30.

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