APGA wants own can­di­date de­clared Abia gov­er­nor

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Li­nus Ef­fiong, Umuahia

The All Pro­gres­sives Grand Al­liance (APGA) has called for the dec­la­ra­tion of its can­di­date in the 2015 elections, Dr. Alex Otti, as the duly elected gov­er­nor of Abia State.

The party ex­pressed mixed feelings over the stale­mate that trailed the sack­ing of Dr. Okezie Ik­peazu as gov­er­nor of the state and his sub­se­quent re­place­ment by Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah.

APGA, in a press state­ment signed by its chair­man in the state, Rev. Au­gus­tine Ehiemere, said while the Abuja Fed­eral High Court acted well by sack­ing Ik­peazu, the court should not have de­clared Ogah as gov­er­nor be­cause he did not par­tic­i­pate in the ac­tual gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the party: “We humbly dis­agree with the con­se­quen­tial or­der by the court which di­rected for the swear­ing in of Dr. Uche Ogah as the gov­er­nor. This or­der, which we con­sider as a huge er­ror, is not only un­ac­cept­able to APGA, but un­ten­able in Nige­ria’s 2010 Elec­toral Act as amended, which for­bids any per­son that did not take part in all the stages of an elec­tion from be­ing de­clared win­ner.”

The party said “since there was no record any­where to show that Dr. Uche Ogah won the pri­maries of his party, the PDP, let alone par­took in all the stages of the last gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion in Abia State, his dec­la­ra­tion as the gov­er­nor by the court was strange and alien to the law.

“Our hum­ble de­mand is that the ap­pel­late court, while up­hold­ing the Ik­peazu guilty ver­dict, should cor­rect this huge er­ror by is­su­ing the right or­der, which is to de­clare the can­di­date that scored the high­est law­ful votes, Dr Alex Otti (APGA) as the gov­er­nor.”

Be­sides Ik­peazu, Ogah and Otti, a fourth con­tender, Fri­day Nwanozie Nwosu, is also at the court seek­ing to be de­clared as gov­er­nor of Abia State un­der the plat­form of the PDP.

Nwosu, who came third in the PDP pri­mary poll, said Ogah should not be swornin as gov­er­nor be­cause he re­jected the re­sult of the pri­mary poll, based on al­le­ga­tions of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

Dr Alex Otti

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