Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Court strikes out Ufomba’s suit against APGA, Otti, others

Otti
 
Factional Governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand  Alliance ( APGA) in Abia State, Chief  Reagan Ufomba has lost the suit he filed at the Federal High Court, Umuahia, challenging  the authenticity of Dr. Alex Otti’s candidacy in the April governorship  election in the state.
 
Presiding Justice Folashade-Adejoke Olubanjo struck out the suit for lack of merit while  delivering judgement on the matter yesterday in Umuahia.
Ufomba had argued that Otti had not resigned his membership of  the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, when his name was submitted by the National Chairman Chief Victor Umeh as APGA’s governorship candidate for Abia State.
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Ufomba

He argued furtherthat  Umeh was no longer the party’s  National Chairman when the primary that produced Otti was held, alleging that Umeh lacked the powers to present Otti as the party’s flag bearer.

The third argument he presented to the court was that the primary election conducted by the Umeh’s leadership was  illegal, having joined  APGA,  Umeh and the Independent National Electoral Commission in the suit.

In her judgement, the presiding judge, Justice Olubanjo  observed  that there was a subsisting court of Appeal decision over the leadership of APGA by Chief Umeh, stating that  the issue of who is APGA’s  authentic candidate is not justiciable.
Striking out the suit, Justice Olubanjo said that it lacked merit, meaning that  Otti still stands as the authentic APGA Candidate in the state