By Festus Ahon, Ughelli
Chief Ovie Omo-Agege, Delta State gubernatorial aspirant, yesterday, declared that he would contest in the upcoming gubernatorial fresh election ordered by the appeal court in the state.
Addressing members of the Omo_Agege Political Movement, he told his supporters to shun the rumour making the rounds that he is not interested in the election.
Omo-Agege said: “There is a supreme court decision to that effect in Labour Party versus INEC. It is well established in that case and in this provision that only political parties have the right to contest election. There is no room for independent candidacy in Nigeria under our electoral law.
“Now having established that, the next prong is that only the political parties that participated in the 2007 gubernatorial election that have the right to present candidates again for the 2010 re_run.
“Then moving from that, only the original candidates who participated in 2007 election that can represent themselves for the 2010 re_run, unless, one of them were to die or voluntarily withdraw from the race in which case, the political parties that fielded them will have the right as enshrined in section 33 and 35 of the Electoral Act 2010 to feed a new replacement provided it is done within 45 days.
“I am confident that INEC will consult widely, there is no reason why they would not, and they will receive good counsel. We have researched on our own, we have the best brains, legal minds in the country to take a look at it and we are confident of our position that we are going to run in this re_run.
“This is our moment and we intend to seize it. My message to my supporters is clear, we were in this race and we have been in this race for over three and a half years to win the governorship of Delta State. We enter this race predicated on the premise that the elections were going to come up in April, 2011.
“But God in his infinite wisdom, has fast forwarded the process by bringing the election to sometime in December this year on January next year. We are prepared to seize the moment, we are going to Government House with confidence and nobody can stop us.”