By Chinenyeh Ozor
All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate for Uzo-Uwani State Assembly constituency, Hon. Ugwuoke Maxwell Nnabuchi has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to cancel the March 9th, 2019 Governorship and State Assembly elections in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area for fragrant negligence of a high court order that declared him the authentic candidate of the party in the just-concluded elections in the state.
Ugwoke in a statement issued by his media aide Opata Igbo said that INEC deliberately ignored Enugu State High Court order that recognised him as the APC candidate for the election, describing it as “flagrant negligence of the State High Court order on the part of Independent National Electoral Commission.
He said that the entire electoral exercise in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area was a sham as the court order was duly served on INEC but was deliberately ignored to pave way for the candidate of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the constituency.
“Prior to the State Assembly elections held across the 36 states in the country on March 9th, 2019, Enugu State High Court holding at Nsukka Judicial Division on March 4th, 2019 in suit number N/3/2019 had among other things, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to recognize Hon. Ugwoke Maxwell Nnabuchi (Curtis) as the State Assembly candidate of the APC for Uzo Uwani LGA state constituency but the order was ignored.
“I can attest that the court order was duly served on INEC as directed. But up till date, the umpire is yet to comply with the law of the land, upon which the agency was set up and charged to discharge its responsibilities;” he said.
The statement which quoted Hon. Maxwell Nnabuchi as reminding INEC that “Nigeria is a constitutional nation also called on the INEC as a matter of reason to cancel the exercise and fix a new date so as to ensure fairness and justice.