- For ’emerging’ through back door •Proceedings set for Feb 7
- BY NNMADI OSELOKA in Awka•
A Federal High Court in Awka presided over by Hon. Justice I. B. Gafai has set February 7, 2019 to determine the fate of all the candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the coming general elections later in the month, particularly Senator Andy Nnamdi Uba (Anambra South).
This was coming on the heels of the barring of candidates of the party in Zamfara and Rivers states from participating in the coming general election by the INEC. The situation were said to be similar, hence would be tragic if it succeeds.
One of the key senatorial aspirants of the party in Anambra South zone, Chief Azuka Okwuosa had approached the court seeking an order to stop the party and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from submitting and recognizing Senator Uba as a candidate for the senatorial zone in the coming election.
Okwuosa, in a 7-paragraph writ submitted to the court in support of his argument declared that the party did not hold any primary election for the selection of any candidate whatsoever in the senatorial zone.
Attached also was a formal protest letter he wrote to the party’s national chairman dated Oct 8,2018 in which he lamented the failure of the party to send a committee to the zone for the conduct of the anticipated senatorial primary election on or before the Oct 7,2018 deadline set by INEC, despite all his prior warnings and notices.
The office of the National Chairman of the party copiously acknowledged receipt of the letter, with the “Received” stamp carefully appended together with the date and signature of the staff.
He also backed his claims with visual media presentation of a press conference he had on Oct 7. Among the claims of Chief Okwuosa against the APC (1st defendant), INEC (2nd defendant) and Senator Uba (3rd defendant) includes amongst others; “a declaration that the first defendant did not hold any primaries for the nomination of its senatorial candidate for Anambra South Senatorial district on 7th, Oct 2018 or any other date whatsoever anywhere in Anambra State.
“A declaration that the second defendant is duty bound to enforce the Electoral Act, 2010(as amended) and the APC guidelines.
“A declaration that the submission of the name of the third defendant, -Senator Andy Uba by the first defendant (APC) to the second defendant (INEC) as its candidate for the Anambra South Senatorial District in the 2019 general election is wrongful and a violation of the constitution and guidelines of APC and section 87 of the Electoral Act, 2010(as amended)….
“An order of injunction restraining the second defendant from accepting any name whatsoever from the first defendant as its candidate for the Anambra South Senatorial election until a proper primary election is held in strict compliance with the constitution and guidelines of APC and section 87 of the Electoral Act, 2010(as amended).”
Okwuosa in the letter to the party’s national chairman, stayed also that, “I am under no obligation to the party whatsoever to accept the imposition of Senator Andy Uba as the senatorial candidate for Anambra South having breached the laid down procedures, more particularly for want of primary election.”
Most candidates and members of the party are reportedly fuming against the Blantyre Street national secretariat of the party for what they termed avoidable man-made mess.