BREAKING: Supreme Court Gives Final Verdict on Abia APC Governorship Primary

BREAKING: Supreme Court Gives Final Verdict on Abia APC Governorship Primary

  • After a series of legal battles which started at the Federal High Court and ended at the Supreme Court, the APC in Abia state now has a governorship candidate
  • Ikechi Emenike is the candidate recognised by the apex court to run for the governor of Abia state in the forthcoming 2023 general elections
  • Emenike and Uche Ogah had emerged as the APC guber candidates in the parallel primaries conducted by the party in 2022, leading to a series of court cases

FCT, Abuja - The Supreme Court has affirmed Ikechi Emenike as the Abia governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 general elections.

A five-member panel of the supreme court led by Tijani Abubakar on Thursday affirmed the judgment of the court of appeal delivered in December 2022, TheCable reported.

Ikechi Emenike/Abia APC Governorship Candidate/Supreme Court
Ikechi Emenike is the authentic governorship candidate of the APC in Abia state, the Supreme Court has pronounced. Photo credit: @TerusObinna
Source: Twitter

Emenike versus Ogah: The fight for Abia APC guber ticket gathers that a five-member panel of the Supreme Court chaired by Tijani Abubakar on Thursday, February 9, upheld the previous decision of the Court of Appeal, according to Nigerian Tribune.

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Recall that the APC in Abia had held parallel guber primaries which produced two candidates, namely Uche Ogah and Emenike.

However, in May 2022, Emenike was recognised as the APC governorship candidate by the party.

Proceeding to the court, Ogah secured a favourable verdict when the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Binta Nyako sacked Emenike in November.

Justice Nyako subsequently instructed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognize Ogah as the party’s governorship candidate for the southeastern state.

The Federal High Court judgement was upturned by the Court of Appeal in Abuja which confirmed Emenike as the party’s governorship candidate in December 2022.

Emenike is now the party's authentic guber candidate as the apex court has upheld the appellate court's judgement.

Machina vs Lawan: Supreme Court finally decides who gets APC senatorial Ticket for Yobe

In another report, the Supreme Court affirmed Senate President Ahmad Lawan as the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s candidate for the Yobe North senatorial district.

Delivering its verdict on Monday, February 6, the apex court allowed the appeal filed by the APC against Bashir Machina’s candidature.

The ruling was read by Justice Centus Nweze who criticised Machina’s strategy in the lead judgment for bringing the lawsuit to the Federal High Court Damaturu division without providing oral evidence to support the allegations of fraud.


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