.Umahi — Ann Agom-Eze

By Peter Okutu, Abakaliki

A factional Senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for Ebonyi South Senatorial ticket, Mrs Ann Agom-Eze, Wednesday expressed confidence that the judiciary will justice in the matter between her and Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State.

Both Agom-Eze and Umahi have been in the Appeal Court Abuja, to ascertain the authentic candidate of the APC for the Ebonyi South zone for the 2023 general election.

Recall Umahi finally made the final list of candidates for the 2023 senatorial election for the zone, after he was earlier omitted from the list of candidates released in June, following controversy which surrounded his emergence as the candidate of the ruling party in the State.

But, reacting on Wednesday, Agom-Eze, in a statement, urged her supporters to be calm and law-abiding, saying all hope was not lost.

She stressed that the matter between her and Umahi, which was still before the Appeal Court would go in her favour.

“Our Dear teaming supporters across Nigeria, the great Ebonyians and the wonderful people of Ebonyi south Senatorial zone, in particular, you all may have seen the latest publilcation from INEC earlier today on the list of the presidential candidates and National Assembly Candidates of political parties fielding Candidates in 2023 General elections.

“That in the said list INEC has included the name of the Governor of Ebonyi State Engr. David Nweze Umahi is the candidate of APC for Ebonyi South Senatorial zone for the 2023 elections.

“INEC equally and clearly noted that his name was included as a result of the Exparte court order he obtained from the Federal High Court Abakaliki, that enabled him to hold the 31st July, 2022 primaries. This is not minding the substantive case pending at the Court of Appeal.

“We want to urge our supporters as law-abiding citizens to remain calm, irrespective of the judicial rascality. The court is the last hope of the common man and it has the final say. Let’s patiently and hopefully await the Appeal Court’s judgment.

“Interestingly, the matter is coming up on Monday 26/09/2022.”

Also, the Director-General, Agom-Eze Campaign Organisation, Orji Ugochukwu, said his principal would get justice through the Court, maintaining the forthcoming judgement will be in her favour.

“I saw that list yesterday and it was a great shock. That list will not stand and that case as much as I know, is in the Court of Appeal and it’s already going through court proceedings. The hearing was entertained on Friday and was adjourned till Monday, September 26, 2022.

“The matter was at the Federal High Court Abakaliki, where my principal was given favourable judgment. But, she further sought more interpretations and that was why it was taken to the Appeal Court.

“And as it stands, we believe that judgement on the matter will be given as soon as possible. In Nigeria currently, party and court are almost the same things. If you give them money, they will put your name. But I know, the court is the last hope of the common man. As I said, we are waiting to see the determination of that matter by the court,” he said.

Counsel to Agom-Eze, Barr Nwonu Nnaemeka, said, “You saw that the name came out in that list with a court order. That means the matter is still in court and currently, has not been decided on.

“The court that gave that order is not the highest court in Nigeria. It’s a court of the first instance. The matter now is in the Appeal Court, and part of what we challenging is the order for a fresh election and the Order Exparte made for INEC to include the governor’s name. So, let’s wait for the determination of that matter by the Appeal Court, and that will be soon.”

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