Uba intends to appeal his disqualification as an APC candidate due to an illegitimate primary.
NewsReport gathered that Senator Andy Uba’s Governorship Organization’s Media Director, Dr. Ikechukwu Onyia, has stated that Senator Andy Uba and his party, the All Progressives Congress, will appeal Justice Inyang Ekwo’s decision of the Federal High Court nullifying Senator Andy Uba’s nomination as the party’s candidate for the November 6, 2021, Anambra governorship election.
Onyia also accused the All Progressives Grand Alliance in Anambra of doing everything in its power to sabotage Uba’s attempt to have the governorship election results overturned at the election petitions tribunal.
On Monday, he said these things in a press release.
“We are not surprised that APGA members are celebrating Justice Ekwo’s decision like a child receiving Christmas clothes from his father,” Onyia said. They believe the ruling will prevent Andy Uba from proving his case in front of the tribunal
The good thing is that this is not the last court in this instance. We are heading to the Appeal Court to prove them wrong.”
“We, therefore, urge the APGA-led government of Anambra State to keep herself busy with challenges facing the state rather than investing in ‘Operation Stop Andy Uba’ dance.”
He urged the APC supporters to remain calm.
However, the APGA Coordinator on Media Affairs, Mr. Chinedu Obigwe, in his reaction, described the APC’s comments as “empty and baseless”.
He said, “Is APGA INEC or the court that has nullified their candidate’s validity? This is to tell you that these people don’t know what they are doing. Just ignore them.”
The court had nullified the APC governorship primary in Anambra State, insisting that Uba’s emergence as the winner was illegal.
Justice Ekwo, therefore, stated that Uba’s participation in the November 6 governorship election was void.
The judge added that the plaintiff, George Moghalu, succeeded in proving that the APC did not conduct a valid primary election from which Uba claimed to have emerged as the party’s candidate
In a judgment on Monday, Justice Ekwo held that Uba was never a candidate in the election having emerged from an illegally conducted primary election.
The court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to delete Uba from its record as a candidate in the election and ordered the APC to refund to Moghalu, the sum of N22.5m which is the amount he paid for expression of interest and nomination forms since the party failed to conduct a valid primary.
At the direct primary which has now been annulled, Uba scored 230,000 votes but only managed to garner some 43,000 votes at the main election which was won by Prof. Chukwuma Soludo of the APGA.