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Court refuses to join Buni in suit challenging Uba’s candidacy

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A Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, declined to include the Caretaker Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, as a defendant in a suit challenging the emergence of Andy Uba as the party’s candidate in the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed held that since the applicant could not prove that the party to be joined influenced the primary election, the joining would be unnecessary.

The court further held that it was only necessary to join parties in suit when there was a complaint against them. Dismissing the application seeking to join APC national chairman in the suit, Mohammed fixed September 21 for hearing of substantive suit.

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Prof. George Moghalu had claimed, in the suit, that APC did not comply with the relevant provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 and the party’s regulations and guidelines in the conduct of its governorship primary in Anambra.

MEANWHILE, the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON) and member of APC Anambra Governorship Campaign Council, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, has called on the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to fully join the ruling APC at the centre.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, yesterday, Okechukwu noted that after 16 years of playing in a little pond, APGA should stop agonising and swim in the mainstream of Nigeria’s politics.

According to him, what is happening within the fold of APGA in Anambra shows that the time is now for leaders of the party to fully integrate into APC.

Okechukwu spoke against the claims by Anambra State Government that the APC procured the Jigawa State High Court judgment that excluded Prof. Chukwuma Soludo from the list of candidates with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the November 6 governorship poll in the state.

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Anambra Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C. Don Adinuba, had disclosed that searches by the government revealed that the state chapter of APC secured the controversial Jigawa High Court judgment for the APGA faction led by Chief Jude Okeke.

Adinuba asserted that the Director-General of Andy Uba Campaign Organisation, Governor Hope Uzodimma, sponsored the High Court judgment for the Okeke faction, which adopted Chukwuma Umeoji as its candidate for the poll.

HOWEVER, Anambra APC chairman, Chief Basil Ejidike, has said his party has no hand in the crisis rocking APGA in the state.
Ejidike was responding to Adinuba’s claim that the APC was sponsoring the APGA crisis.

In a telephone chat yesterday, in Awka, Ejidike noted that APGA was not alone in political disputes, adding that the party was incapable of handling its problems due to its low political standing. APC, he asserted, s already fine-tuning arrangements to emerge victorious in the November 6 ballot.

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