The battle for the All Progressives Congress, APC ticket was yesterday mired in more controversy after supporters of Dr. Tony Nwoye accused a fellow aspirant of initiating a conspiracy to stop him from the primaries.
The allegation followed a court action filed at an Abuja High Court to grant an ex parte motion to stop Nwoye from the primary election. The ex parte motion was rejected on Wednesday by the court. But Nwoye’s camp was quick to point out that the motion was a move by the camp of a fellow aspirant who recently joined the APC from the PDP to make the path easier for their man.
Okechukwu Ogbonnaya, who filed the motion, had made several prayers including a prayer to restrain the APC “from clearing the 1st defendant (Nwoye) to contest or stand for its primary elections for the purposes of selecting the party’s governorship candidate for the forthcoming Anambra State governorship election pending the determination of the motion on notice.
The vacation judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu, however, refused to hear the case on Wednesday and by that paving the path for Nwoye’s imminent participation in the primaries.
A source in the Nwoye camp said that they have been able to trace the court case to a fellow aspirant who wants Nwoye out of the contest for fear that he the aspirant sees him as the most formidable obstacle.
“We have been told who is doing this and their objective is to stop Nwoye from the primaries so that the race can be clear for their man.
“Nwoye knows the man and his capacity for such mischief, and we will meet him at the screening ground, and our challenge to him is to bring his true certificates to the screening.
“We are shocked that someone who has been desperate to stop the courts from interrogating his secondary school certificates would have the boldness to approach the courts on irrelevant issues as this,” the Nwoye supporter fumed.