Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia.
A high Court sitting in Abuja, the Federal Capital territory has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to recognize Chief Ikechi Emenike as the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives congress,(APC) in Abia State for the 2019 general elections.

The court further ordered INEC to only recognize and accept all other candidates that emerged from the Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe led executive in the state.
The presiding judge struck out also struck out a motion filed by Uche Ogah to be joined in the suit.
In her judgment which came between 8 to 9pm on Thursday, Justice K.N. Ogbonnaya granted the reliefs sought by the plaintiff, Ikechi Emenike.

The reliefs sought from the FCT high court included;
A declaration reaffirming the leadership of Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe as the authentic one in Abia state as ordered by justice Collington Okoroafor.

A declaration that the first defendant has no discretion to refuse, reject and/or neglect to act on the list of candidates forwarded to it for onward transmission to the 2nd defendant.
An order compelling the 1st defendant to forward the name of the plaintiff being the winner of the primary election as the governorship candidate of the APC in Abia state.
An order compelling INEC to accept and list the name of the plaintiff being the winner of the governorship primaries conducted by the party on the 30th September, 2018 as the Abia state candidate of All Progressives Congress in the forth- coming governorship elections.

They also sought an injunction restraining the defendants from through their officials, agents or servants from omitting, removing, swapping the name of the plaintiff.

In a telephone interview with Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe, he commended the judiciary for upholding justice and fairness.
He said the judgment has further added impetus to their struggle to retrieve the party from those he alleged are not APC members.

This judgment has increased the legal quagmire of the party, placing the candidates that emerged from the Donatus Nwankpa led EXCO on a fate of uncertainty.

Donatus Nwankpa and Uche Ogah are both expected to appeal the judgment as soon as possible.

Chinwe Ugele

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