All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate for the Anambra Central Senatorial seat and former Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh, has stated Uche Ekwunife, the lady who was removed by the Appeal Court is not eligible to represent a new party if she intends to contest the elections.
Umeh who was speaking on Channels Television Programme, Politics Today, noted that only parties that took part in the disputed elections can participate and no new party or replacement of candidate was allowed.
Quoting judgments of various courts including the Supreme Court, Umeh said any attempt for Ekwunife to fly the flag of another party would see him heading to the court again. He said that the election that produced Ekwunife was flawed in terms of the process and wide-spread manipulations.
He alleged that the PDP used thugs and state-owned security operatives to rig the election on behalf of Ekwunife and that the impunity actually started when the party could not hold primaries, which eventually led to the declaration that the election was null and void.
Ekwunife defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) after the Court of Appeal nullified her election last December, and ordered a fresh one. But things have not been easy for her in the new party as a screening committee set up by the party disqualified her from contesting from the primary of the APC and described her as a ”fair-weather-hen”. She however insisted that she was not disqualified. Right now there are conflicting reports coming from the APC about who the eligible candidate of the party is, between Ekwunife and Sharon Ikeazor, a former national Women Leader of the APC who also wants the seat.