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Appeal Court Affirms Ukachukwu APGA Senatorial Candidate

Sets aside the verdict of the lower court for want of territorial jurisdiction

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The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Senatorial candidate for Anambra South zone in the coming Feb 16,2019 general election, Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu (Ikuku Oma) has won his appeal filed against the earlier verdict of an Abuja High court which had invalidated the party’s senatorial primary conducted last October.

The Appeal Court this afternoon affirmed him the party’s senatorial candidate for Anambra South. It ruled that the Apo High court lacked the territorial jurisdiction to entertain the matter and that it was also filed out of time.

Ukachukwu had a landslide win of the APGA primary election for the Anambra South senatorial zone which was held at the Ekwulobia Township stadium with 211 votes.

He defeated his closest rival, Iyom Bianca Ojukwu who polled 177 votes. Two others – Dr Anselm Enyimba and Chief Ikenna Mbazulike-Amaechi who scored two votes each.

Another aspirant, an American-based professional, Dr. Okey Chidolue who was reportedly among those who joyously congratulated Ukachukwu that night later took him and the party to court, protesting the outcome.

Chidolue had polled only one vote, and prayed the Apo High Court, Abuja presided over by Hon Justice Valentine Ashi to upturn the primary which was adjudged by all to be very smooth, free and transparent, to his favour.

In its verdict, late last year, the court set aside the primary, but curiously declined awarding the candidature to Chidolue.

When the Motion came up for argument, the applicant respondent, Chidolue insisted he was not properly served and the matter was adjourned to allow room for the proper process service on Chidolue.

However in its verdict this afternoon, the court affirmed Ukachukwu as the duly and validly elected Anambra South Senatorial candidate for APGA.

This was coming on a date he rounded off tours of the 119 electoral Wards within the senatorial zone.

Barring any further distraction, one of his aides, Chukwudubem Ezekwe has confirmed that Ukachukwu, popularly called Ikukuoma (Wind of Glory) now has the political coast very clear towards a resounding victory on Feb 16,2019.

From Chuks Collins, Awka

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