The senatorial candidacy of former Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan is in jeopardy as an Abuja High Court has nullified his chances of participating in Saturday’s election.
The court, on Monday, ruled that the All Progressives Congress (APC), under the supervision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), should conduct a primary for the senatorial aspirants for Delta Central Senatorial district.
In a statement signed by the director general of AVM Terry Omatsola Okorodudu Campaign Organization, Mr Amuche Nzeogwu Elumelu, and made available to Tribune Online on Tuesday, said his boss approached the court “to restore hope to the people of Delta South” and checkmate impunity.
“This is to inform all our supporters across the country, the Delta South Senatorial District indigenes in particular, and Nigerians in general that an Abuja High Court today the 11th of February, 2019 declared the nomination of Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan as Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the February 16, 2019, Senatorial election a nullity.
“The Court in a suit filed by AVM Terry Omatsola Okorodudu (Rtd) ordered the APC to conduct fresh primaries for Delta South Senatorial District, to be monitored by the INEC.
“In line with our long-held position and the strong belief in the truth, equity, justice and the rule of law, we challenged the impudent shenanigan that happened at the APC Delta South Senatorial primaries.
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“As firm believers in due process, we pursued legal options (including trying the Party’s dispute resolution procedures) to address the subterfuge and morally reprehensible conducts that marred the primaries.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we fought this matter in court, not for personal aggrandizement, but rather to restore hope to the people of Delta South, who have for too long been subjected to the throes of bad governance. We went into the legal battle to checkmate brazen impunity.
“With today’s judgment, the message is loud. It is clear. The days’ politicians hijack the electoral processes without recourse to Nigerians’ sensibilities are over.
“Nigeria is a country, where the rule law should reign supreme. The creation of the Nigerian State itself was an act of law, not of nature.
“We hope that one major take-home here, is that going forward, all must at all times ensure strict adherence to due process.
“In closing, we thank our supporters, Delta South indigenes and all Nigerians for being steadfast in their support of our course.
“We implore you to continue to support us as we go into fresh primaries and by the special grace of God, the election,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, former Governor Uduaghan has continued with his door-to-door campaign as of Tuesday, even as it wasn’t yet ascertained if he will appeal the judgment.
In his Facebook account on Monday, he thanked his supporters and assured them of his victory on Saturday at the poll.
“It is four days till we are declared the winner of the 2019 Senatorial election in Delta South.
“I specially appreciate everyone for your labour of love towards this project, especially from those unexpected believers in the EEU4Senate project.
“Your demonstration has shown that this project is own by the good people of Delta South who yearn for qualitative representation.
“Let us maintain our focus because victory is only hours away.
“God bless us all as we press to the finish line together!” he enthused.
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