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End of the Road: Court Ends Umahi’s Hope To NASS

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In what appears end of an ambitious journey, a Federal High Court located in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi capital, on Friday, crashed David Umahi’s hope to National Assembly.

The legal house recognised Princess Ann Agom-Eze as the authentic Senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, for Ebonyi South Zone.

The State Governor, Umahi via his Counsel, Roy Nweze Umahi, had taken the Independent National Electoral Commission, to Court in Abakaliki, to ask the commission to recognise him as the real senatorial candidate for Ebonyi South senatorial District.

However, Mrs. Princess Agom-Eze, on Tuesday, returned to the court and compels it not to recognise accept Umahi’s Senatorial race.

Nweze Umahi, the governor’s legal counsel pleaded that Umahi’s name is recognised by INEC, considering him the 1st winner of the Ebonyi South Senatorial primary election which took place at Afikpo North Local Government Area, in the state.

You would also recall the governor’s younger brother, Mr. Austin Umahi who was a contender, had withdrawn at the 2nd primary election held on June 9, 2022, wherein the governor emerged unopposed.

Justice Fatun Riman’s judgment on Friday, while citing section 115 of the Electoral Act 2022, noted that David Umahi was not an aspirant and cannot participate in the election or pre-election matters of the All Progressives Congress as regards the Ebonyi South zone, whose primary held on the 28th day of May 2022.

Looking at the new Electoral Act section, the governor neither procured forms for nor participated in the election and cannot claim any right based on the primary election.

This is coming as Mike Igini, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State held that politicians who procured multiple forms were criminals and risk two years of imprisonment.

The Counsel to Mrs. Agom-Eze, Barr Nwonu Nnaemeka, reacted to the victory, noting his team’s argument was its client, upon the withdrawal of Austin Umahi from the primary, should claim all her rights as regards the exercise, being the second runner-up.

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