BY KALU EZIYI, Umuahia
All Progressives Congress 2023 candidate for Ikwuano/Umuahia federal constituency, Hon Obilo Ogbonna has said that Dr Uche Ogah will not stop High Chief Ikechi Emenike from wining the governorship of Abia in the general election.
Ogbonna spoke exclusively to LEADERSHIP in Umuahia, the state capital after the former minister of state for Solid Minerals and Steel Development failed to stop Emenike’s candidature at the Court of Appeal in Owerri.
He said he was not surprised that Ogah, who was the party’s candidate in 2019 general election is out to distract Emenike “to achieve the agenda of his paymasters in the state government”.
“Ogah has never been a serious contender for the coveted seat. He has always gone back to dine and wine with the powers that be after securing the ticket and to shed crocodile tears after the election,” he said.
The House of Representatives hopeful, therefore, appealed to the people to be vigilant so as not to fall to the antics of the former minister, who has once again, started playing the script of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in order to scuttle the coming change in Abia
He reminded Abia people that they would be the primary beneficiaries as “Emenike is coming to power to wipe away their 24-years of agony under the PDP maladministration hence the need to be mindful of Ogah’s antics if they want to be free from bondage.”
The appellate court, sitting in the Imo State capital had in a unanimous ruling on Tuesday struck out a motion for leave to appeal as an intrested party, filed by Ogah to challenge an Abia State High Court judgement, whuch had affirmed the candidacy of Emenike.
The jugment in suit No HUM/31/2022:HIGH CHIEF IKECHI EMENIKE VS APC AND 2 ORS, which was on June 24, 2022 in favour of Chief Emenike has been interpreted as victory for party internal democracy.
Emenike had approached the lower court to determine whether, himself having emerged at its governorship primary election conducted on May 26, the party can refuse to submit his name to INEC as its candidate for the election.
He had also wanted the court to determine whether INEC upon the party submiting or uploading of his name in its portal can decline to publish it as its candidate for the election, among other issues for determination.
The court mandated the party to upload his name in INEC’ portal as its candidate and also compelled INEC to accept it as uploaded and publish same as the APC governorship candidate for Abia state in the general elections.
The three-member panel as well restrained INEC from accepting or publishing the name of any other person as the candidate of party in the said election other than Emenike.
Ogah, who was not a party to the suit at the trial court and who did not participate in the primary election of APC as above stated approached the court of Appeal in CA-OW-243M-2022, a motion on notice for leave to appeal against the said judgment as an intrested party.