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YPP suit against APC, PDP: Ifeanyi Ubah is very smart, intelligent political leader

By Eneh Victor Chigozie

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Senator Dr Ikemba Ifeanyi Ubah is a very smart and intelligent political leader.

I endorse the position of Young Progressives Party (YPP) in going to court to challenge what the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) did and called it primaries on June 26.

He is not in court to challenge the aspirantion of Valentine Chineto Ozigbo and Andy Uba per se but to ask for the interpretation of Section 285 (14)(c) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), Section 87(1) of the Electoral Act (2010) as amended, and the Regulations and Guidelines for the conduct of party primaries as provided by INEC for the conduct of the 2021 Anambra State Gubernatorial Election in view of the Primary Elections that PDP and APC claimed to have conducted in the state.

Eneh Victor Chigozie
The author, Eneh Victor Chigozie

The fundamental problem with PDP primaries was the clear violation of INEC guidelines which asked all parties to submit the list of delegates 7 days before the date of their Primaries.

PDP violated this guideline as the party continued to release and change her delegate list hours to the primary election.

It was even alleged that delegate list was changed after accreditation was concluded. A new delegate list was brought in and a new accreditation was conducted.

The case of APC is worst. Some persons came and sat in a hotel from where a result was manufactured and announced.

If such madness is not addressed now, the worst will happen on November 6. Possibly, the state collation centre will be taken to Uga where the candidate himself will announce a fake result and declare himself winner.

The second leg of why I endorse the decision of YPP going to court is to ensure the party is not left out of the while intrigues of November 6 governorship election.

It looks like it is the court that will determine the successor of gov Obiano going by the way court orders, injunctions and judgements are flying up and down.

It is necessary that YPP is not left out as an interested party in the possible outcome of all these court cases instituted in different courts.

In Imo state, it was Action Peoples Party, AAP that went to court to challenge the double nomination of Uche Nwosu by AA and APC and up to Supreme court, AAP won the case.

AAP is a different party like YPP, but it challenged the constitutional breach of Uche Nwosu’s nomination by APC and later AA.

In 2015, Victor Umeh filed a joinder application at the federal high court Abuja as an interested party in an internal party affairs of PDP.

In the suit, PDP was asking the court that since Uche Ekwunife had decamped to APC, that PDP should be allowed to field a fresh candidate in the scheduled rerun of the court ordered election.

Umeh won that case at the Appeal court.

So YPP is in order as it challenges the constitutional breach and violation of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) regulations and guidelines by PDP and APC.

Let’s wait for what the court will say.

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