A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has nullified the participation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Andy Uba, in the November 6 Anambra governorship election.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a judgment, held that the June 26 primary of the party which produced Uba as its standard-bearer was not validly conducted.
Chief George Moghalu, an aspirant in the APC primary election, had challenged the process and the outcome of the primary election that produced Uba as the party’s candidate.
Moghalu, who was the plaintiff, had sued the party, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Uba as 1st to 3rd defendants, respectively.
But delivering judgment in the matter, Justice Ekwo aligned with the plaintiff’s arguments that the June 26 primary election breached the provisions of the Electoral Act and the APC guidelines for the conduct of the exercise.
He held that the plaintiff had successfully demonstrated that the primary election was not conducted in accordance with the law and the party’s guidelines.
“Therefore, the case of the plaintiff succeeds on its merit,” he said.
Ekwo held that since the election was conducted illegally, the APC (1st defendant) cannot be a beneficiary of the November 6 election, which produced the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Prof. Charles Soludo, as the winner of the poll outcome.
The judge, therefore, declared that the APC had no candidate in the Anambra governorship election by non-inclusion of the name of Moghalu in the primary election and the conduct of the poll in contravention of the Electoral Act and the party’s guidelines.
Ekwo, who described the conduct of the primary by APC as “crude and primitive,” ordered that the N22.5 million paid by Moghalu for expression of interest and nomination forms be refunded since the party failed to comply with the provisions of the law and its guidelines.