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2019: Confusion, Fear Grip Abia APC Faction

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As the 2019 general election draws near, confusion and anxiety has gripped leaders, candidates and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) faction in Abia State, led by Donatus Nwamkpa.

This follows the declaration of an Abuja High Court of the legitimacy of Dr Emmanuel Ndukwe as the state chairman of the party, as was earlier pronounced by an Abia High Court sitting in Okpualla Ngwa.

The judge, Justice K. N. Ogbonnaya, also declared candidates that emerged in the primaries conducted by the Ndukwe-led executive committee which include Chief Ikechi Emenike for the governorship, as legitimate.

Furthermore, the Federal Capital Territory Court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise the candidates for the party for the election slated to hold early next year.

The declarations followed reliefs sought by Emenike in suit No Fct/hc/cv/3097/18 for the reaffirmation of the chairmanship of Ndukwe as had earlier been done by Justice Collington Okoroafor, at the Okpualla Ngwa court.

Reacting to the development in a phone interview, Ndukwe commended the judiciary for upholding justice and fairness, describing the ruling as the sign of better things to come in the state.

Ndukwe told LEADERSHIP that the judgment has further added impetus to their struggle to retrieve the party from those he described “as mercenaries engaged by the government to destabilise the party.”

However efforts by LEADERSHIP to speak with either the factional chairman or the Public Relations Officer (PRO) on the matter proved abortive as their respective phones were said to be switched-off.



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