Court adjourns suit seeking to disqualify Emenike as Abia APC Guber candidate to Oct 5

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From Okey Sampson, Umuahia

A Federal High Court sitting in  Umuahia, Abia State and presided by Justice E.N. Anyadike has fixed October 5, for definite hearing in a suit brought by Chief Daniel Eke against Chief Ikechi Emenike and Dr Uche Ogah.

In the suit, marked FHC/Um/CS/96/2022, Chief Eke is asking the Court to disqualify Chief Ikechi Emenike as the governorship  candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Abia State, maintaining that the indirect primary election which produced Emenike was a sham, charade and illegal.

The suit is also praying the Court to dismiss the process that produced Dr Uche Ogah, former Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, as a factional candidate of the party.

Chief Eke noted that during the direct primary election which produced Ogah, members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC were not present to witness the process, making the exercise a sham.

The applicant was represented in the case by his counsel, Obinna Nkume while Chief Ikechi Emenike was represented by his counsel, F.O. Afolabi (SAN).


Before Justice Anyadike  adjourned the matter, Eke’s counsel, Nkume asked for a new day to entertain the matter as he was served by the defence counsel a few days ago.

Adjourning the matter, the Presiding Judge made it clear the Court was not bound by INEC timetable, noting that the case is not affected by INEC timetable.

Addressing journalists later, Chief Eke said he decided to seek redress in court because the internal moves he earlier embarked upon to address the injustice done him, were not listened to by APC.

He said he would be delighted should the court do justice to the matter and disqualify both Emenike and Ogah as APC governorship candidates in Abia for next year’s election.