Four days to the Presidential/National Assembly election, there seems to be tension in Delta South senatorial district over the emergence of the former state governorn Emmanuel Uduaghan as the candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) ahead of Feb. 23 election.
The tension in Delta South became high when the news of a judgement of Abuja Federal High Court that reportedly nullified the primary election which produced Uduaghan filtered the district and ordered the APC to conduct fresh primary election to be monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In suit number FCT/HC/CV/017/18, the claimant, retired Air Vice Marshal Terry Omatsola Okorodudu had approached the court seeking a nullification of the primary election on the ground that he was allegedly excluded from the exercise, which he insisted, did not conform to the provisions of section 87 (1), (2), (3) and (4) of the Electoral Act, as amended.
APC was joined in the suit as the first defendant while INEC was joined as second defendant.
Mr. Okorodudu had told court that decision to clear only Uduaghan is ridiculous, there was no explanation for that and basically it was a vexing experience.
Reacting to the development, Dr. Uduaghan said that he remains the authentic candidate of the APC for Delta South senatorial district saying that he was neither a party to the alleged suit nor joined in in suit.
Uduaghan in a statement by his Media Assistant, Monoyo Edon stated that the court had no time to order INEC to remove his name from the list of candidates for the election nothing that the court cannot shave a man’s head in his absence.
According to the statement, “we wish to clarify that His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, was never aware of the case nor was he a party to the case and was never joined in the alleged suit. The court had no time ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remove the name of Dr. Uduaghan from the list of candidates in the election.
“Dr. Uduaghan has instructed his lawyers to take necessary legal steps on the matter, even as he enjoins APC party faithful and supporters to come out en-mass to vote the party and all its candidates to victory in the elections.
“We wish to state categorically that Dr. Uduaghan remains the candidate of the APC for Delta South and we are confident of winning the election,” the statement read.