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BREAKING: Court nullifies Abia APGA governorship primaries, orders fresh election

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has nullified the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Governorship primary election held on May 29, 2022, in Abia State.

This is according to the ruling of Justice Binta Nyako on Thursday, December 1, 2022.

The judge subsequently ordered that a fresh primary be conducted within 14 days.

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Justice Nyako made the order in a judgement on a suit by Chikwe Udensi, challenging the outcome of the APGA governorship primary purportedly won by Greg Ibe.

The judge observed that from the evidence and testimonies of witnesses, the May 29 APGA governorship primary in Abia was “flawed and marred by irregularities”.

Udensi lost to Ibe at the APGA primary but headed to court to challenge the outcome of the election. Specifically, Udensi had urged the court to declare him winner of the APGA governorship primary or in the alternative, order for the conduct of a fresh election.

In a related development, the Abuja Federal High Court has also affirmed the election of Oladipupo Adebutu, as the lawful candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in next year’s governorship election in Ogun State.

The plaintiff, Jimi Adebisi Lawal, had in a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/773/22, sued the PDP, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and Adebutu.

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Lawal, who was an aspirant for the party’s ticket in the state, had filed his suit to challenge the emergence of Adebutu as the PDP governorship candidate for Ogun.

He alleged that an unlawful delegates list was used by the party to conduct its election.

Lawal had prayed, among others, that the purported primary election of 25 May be cancelled and another be conducted with the authentic ad-hoc delegates.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a ruling on Thursday, dismissed the suit for being incompetent and lacking in merit.

The court held that Lawal failed to provide reliable and credible evidence to support his case.

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