APC gov aspirant seeks Uba’s disqualification, demands N23m fee

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, George Moghalu, has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to nullify the party’s primary election which produced Senator Andy Uba as its governorship candidate for the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.

The plaintiff, a governorship aspirant of the APC, in a suit filed on Monday alleged that the provisions of the Electoral Act and the APC guidelines were not followed in conducting the primary claimed to have been conducted in June this year.

Moghalu, in the suit filed by his by lawyer, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), said he bought a nomination form for N23 million, adding that no primary election known to the law was conducted by the APC.

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He tendered the report of the Independent National Electoral Commission which confirmed that no primary election was conducted within the time stipulated by law.

The APC chieftain cited Section 87 of the Electoral Act and guidelines of the party which stipulated that primary election must be conducted between 8am and 4pm.

The plaintiff averred that he and delegates as well as INEC officials waited till 7pm on the primary election day without seeing party officials billed to conduct the election.

Moghalu stated that INEC officials, delegates and himself left the venue when it occurred to them that no election would be conducted.

He said he was shocked the following day when the APC announced that it had conducted a primary election and that one Andy Uba had won.

The plaintiff therefore asked Justice Inyang Ekwo to nullify the purported primary election and order a fresh one.

In the alternative, Moghalu prayed for an order of the court compelling the party to refund the N23 million paid for the nomination form and expression of interest.

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