- The governorship candidate in Enugu, Senator Ayogu Eze, says he will win the gubernatorial election in the state in spite of the late court judgement
- The Court of Appeal in Abuja reaffirmed Eze as the true governorship candidate of the APC in the state
- The governorship candidate says he was removed through political manipulation
Senator Ayogu Eze, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Enugu state, has said he will still win the election in spite of the late court judgement.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Thursday, March 7, ruled that Eze remains the true governorship candidate of the APC in the state.
Legit.ng gathers that in his ruling over the substantive suit by Eze challenging his removal, the panel led by Justice Abdul Aboki upheld his prayers that he was the duly elected candidate of the party.
The appellate court ruled that “what happened at the lower court was a miscarriage of justice, as the defendant, George Ogara has no case in the first place".
He stated that Ogara filed after 14 days of the result being published as allowed by law, so the lower court had no jurisdiction to entertain his case.
Justice Aboki directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately restore the name of Senator Ayogu Eze as the candidate of the party.
Eze said in a press briefing in Enugu on Thursday, March 7, that he would march on until victory was assured.
He assured his supporters that by May 29, he would be sitting on lion seat in Enugu Lion Building and urged them to remain calm.
Eze said: “The tornado is on the move and you know what will happen if someone stands on the way of tornados, it will carry the person."
The onetime senator decried the way he was removed, attributing it to what he called `political manipulations’.
He said: “You know that in Nigeria, once the judiciary speaks, everybody will obey though the standard practice is that when a matter is undergoing litigation, the name that has been submitted to INEC stays on the list until the litigation expires.
“But my own case is different because of political manipulations; they unjustly removed my name from INEC just to slow me down, just to hold down my emotions but my spirit cannot be stopped so I am marching on."
He thanked his supporters and the people of Enugu state who had been steadfast in their prayers and who had also been in agony while the process lasted.
Legit.ng previously reported that the Abuja division of Court of Appeal affirmed Senator Ayogu Eze as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Saturday, March 9, governorship election in Enugu state.
A three-member panel of justices of the appellate court had, in a unanimous judgment delivered on Thursday, March 7, upheld the appeal brought before it by the former senator, wherein he challenged an earlier judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which removed him as the party’s governorship candidate in Enugu state.
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