Appeal Court Upholds Umahi’s Ebonyi South Senatorial Candidacy

Appeal Court Upholds Umahi’s Senatorial Candidacy
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The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Friday rejected Princess Ann Agom-Eze’s appeal and upheld Governor Dave Umahi’s candidacy for the Senate.

Following a primary election on July 30, 2022, Princess Agom-Eze, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in power in Ebonyi State, recently disputed Governor Umahi’s selection as the candidate for the Ebonyi South Senatorial Zone.

Agom-Eze had been recognized as the senatorial candidate for the Zone by a Federal High Court in Abakaliki in August, but the Court of Appeal’s ruling has now invalidated the High Court’s judgment as well as all of its orders.

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The Appellate Court also held that the High Court was wrong when it upheld Ann’s Counter-affidavit and failed to uphold the primary election of 9th June, 2022, whereat Governor Umahi was nominated as the APC Senatorial candidate, as the nomination was never challenged by anybody within 14 days as prescribed by section 285(9) of the 1999 Constitution.

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