Unlawful substitution: Aggrieved candidate, Ilo, sues APC, INEC
Ace Broadcaster and candidate for Aninri/Awgu/Oji- River Federal Constituency of Enugu State, Prince VinMatin Obiora Ilo, has dragged the All Progressive Congress (APC), and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to a Federal High Court, in Abuja, over the illegal substitution of his name with that of one Mrs. Claire Ilo.
He claimed that he defeated the female aspirant during the just-concluded primary election of the party.
Ilo disclosed the development in a statement he signed and addressed to the people of the Federal Constituency, a copy of which was made available to reporters, in Enugu.
He accused the leadership of the party in the state of conniving to rob him of the mandate legitimately given to him by delegates of the federal constituency during the party’s primary election.
Ilo, a former editorial staff of African Independent Television (AIT), and Ray Power FM Station said he instituted the legal suit to seek redress for the alleged injustice done to him.
The statement alleged that the APC Deputy National Chairman, Emma Enukwu, the Chairman of the Enugu State Chapter, Ugo Agballa, and their cohorts smuggled into the APC National Secretariat, another name other than his noted, “May I put on record that yesterday’s publication of my opponent’s name as our party’s candidate for the 2023 election, is not only a violent rape of democracy, gross injustice, a show of corrupt, arrogant and raw power by enemies of our party and Greater Awgu, but unconstitutional, illegal and of no effect and will not stand.
“My election as the candidate of APC at the May 27 primary election followed every due process, our party members voted massively for me and the primary election was certified by all the authorities legally involved, including INEC.