Following a decision by the Court of Appeal to reinstate Senator Ayogu Eze, as the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) governorship candidate, the Enugu state chapter of the party, has called for the postponement of the state’s governorship and State House of Assembly elections, originally scheduled to hold on Saturday, March 9.
Backstory: The state’s party Chairman, Dr. Ben Nwoye, made this known on Thursday in an address based on the recent judgment by the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which tossed aside a preceding judgment by Justice I. Ekwo of Federal High Court in Abuja, that ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remove Senator Ayogu Eze from the governorship race.
Nwoye led a crowd of APC supporters to the INEC office in Enugu in a bid to get Senator Eze relisted on the Commission’s website, as it had on Tuesday, expunged details of the APC candidate from its original list of the candidates contesting in the governorship poll, leaving the APC slot blank.
The party chairman also demanded that the elections be postponed to enable the party campaign properly so as to have a level playing ground against its opponents.
Referring to the previous ruling by the Federal High Court, Nwoye described Senator Eze’s removal as a wicked act carried out to reduce the party’s chances at the polls.
Senator Eze in his statement noted that while the previous ruling was meant to dislodge the party in the state, he deserved a fair chance in the race, saying, “it is ungodly for the INEC to have removed my name when it is aware that the said judgment was being appealed against.
Ruling Made: A three-man panel of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, had in a unanimous judgment on Thursday, upheld the appeal filed by Eze challenging the verdict of the Federal High Court, affirming him as the APC candidate for the Enugu state governorship polls.
The Court of Appeal had noted that the Federal High Court had lost its jurisdiction to hear any case relating to the APC candidacy 14 days after its primaries, and given that its previous ruling was based on a suit filed 32 days after, it had breached the constitutional provision.