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Appeal Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Ebonyi Governor, David Umahi’s Senatorial Candidacy

Umahi
September 30, 2022

By Friday’s ruling, the earlier decision of a Federal High Court and its orders were overturned by the Court of Appeal.

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has denied Ann Nwanyibuife Agom-Eze's appeal and approved Governor David Umahi's nomination for the Senate.

By Friday’s ruling, the earlier decision of a Federal High Court and its orders were overturned by the Court of Appeal.

The Appeal Court also ruled that the High Court was wrong when it upheld Ann’s counter-affidavit and failed to uphold the primary election of June 9, 2022.

It noted that Umahi was nominated as the APC Senatorial candidate at the primary election, adding that the nomination was never challenged by anybody within 14 days as prescribed by section 285(9) of the 1999 Constitution.

The appellate court proceeded to grant all the reliefs sought by Governor Umahi and the APC in the trial court.

In July, the Abakaliki Division of the Federal High Court struck out a suit by Governor Umahi seeking to be recognised as the Ebonyi South Senatorial District candidate of the APC.

The court held that the APC erred in conducting another primary election without including the name of the runner-up in the first primaries after the winner of the first election withdrew from the race.

 

The governor, through his counsel, Roy Umahi, had sued the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and asked the court to compel the electoral body to recognise the governor as the authentic candidate of the APC for Ebonyi South Senatorial District.

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