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APGA had no candidate for Onitsha South II election, complaint tells Tribunal

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APGA had no candidate for Onitsha South II election, complaint tells Tribunal

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the last House of Assemble Election in Anambra State, Hon Jude Umennajiego has asked the Anambra State Election Tribunal to declare him the winner of the Onitsha South II Constituency State Assembly election because the returned APGA candidate, Hon. Beverly Ikpeazu was not a candidate of any political party at the time of the election and thus ought not have been returned.

The PDP candidate, in a petition filed before the Anambra State Election Petition Tribunal, claimed that the winner of the election was unduly returned by the INEC

He said he was a candidate of the PDP in the said election and was sponsored by his party.

According to him he scored the highest majority valid votes at the election. He listed the scores of the candidates as APGA 4,651 and PDP 3,503.

He stated in the grounds of his petition that the 1st Respondent, Ikpeazu was not qualified to contest the election, having not been a candidate of any political party nor sponsored by any political party as provided by Electoral Act.

The petition further adds that by a suit, FHC/AWK/CS/112/2018, dated October 22, 2018 and filed on the same day at the Federal High Court, Awka by Hon. Emeka Akanegbu, a member of APGA and an aspirant for the ticket of the 2nd Respondent

(APGA) in the Anambra State House of Assembly election, Onitsha South II Constituency, sought for a declaration that no primary election was conducted by the 2nd Respondent herein to choose a flag bearer for the constituency.

That the plaintiff, in that suit, also sought for an order setting aside the announcement of the 1st Respondent (Ikpeazu) as a candidate of (APGA) in the Anambra State House of Assembly election held on March 2, 2019.

In the said suit, the plaintiff also sought for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining INEC, (the 3rd Respondent), from accepting from APGA (the 2nd Respondent herein) the name of the 1st Respondent as the candidate of APGA for Onitsha South II Constituency in the State House of Assembly Election.

 

In a ruling delivered on December 6, 2018, the court granted an order of interlocutory injunction restraining INEC, from presenting the 1st Respondent as the candidate of APGA for the Anambra State House of Assembly Election for Onitsha South II Constituency in the 2019 general elections.

 

Thus, in the final list of State House of Assembly candidates published for the 2019 general elections, no candidate was listed for the 2nd Respondent (APGA) for Onitsha South II Constituency.

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