… He remains the guber candidate, says spokesman
A Federal High Court in Abuja has sacked Senator Ayogu Eze as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State.
The judgment delivered Tuesday morning by Hon. Justice I Ekwo of the Federal High Court 5, asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to recognize Barr. George Ogara as the candidate.
He berated the committee sent by the APC NWC to conduct primary election in Enugu.
Describing it as a victory for the people, Ogara said: “We thank God that justice has come at last. I urge our party members to remain united as we go for victory in the forthcoming election.”
Senator Eze has however described the ruling as a “minor distraction and irritation”. A statement issued by his spokesman, Mr. Okey Ezirigwe, quoted Eze as saying: “Our lawyers have briefed us about a strange judgement by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja which tends to void the primaries conducted by our party in Enugu State.”
Senator Eze urged the party’s supporters to disregard what he termed a “reckless adventure from the bench, an adventure we know will be discharged in due course” as, according to him, he has been assured by his lawyers that “all necessary legal steps are being taken to discharge this obvious miscarriage of justice within the next couple of days”.
The statement further enjoined party faithful and supporters from across the parties and strata of the society to remain calm and resolute.
“We are however humbled by the overwhelming outpouring of solidarity from our large supporters and ever growing support base, not only from every corner of our dear Enugu but from beyond and appreciate their calling our attention to a curious Abuja court order which, as the saying goes, is really of no issue at all,” the statement noted.
It noted that Senator Eze remains the candidate of the All Progressive Congress in Enugu State for the March 2 gubernatorial election.
“Our teeming supporters are enjoined to ignore this high court decision purchased by a desperate political party for their sponsored agent to cause distraction and continue with our already laid down campaign programmes.
“Our movement towards President Buhari’s re-election and our decisive victory in the Governorship elections in Enugu State remain unwaveringly on course. Our train is on the move. There is no stopping this great rescue race to victory,” the statement added.