By Ifeanyi Ochonogor
The candidacy of those fielded by the Jones Erue led Delta State Executive Committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections has been nullified by a Federal High Court in Asaba.
The Court, in its judgement delivered by Justice Toyin Adegoke, upheld as dully elected, the Cyril Ogodo led Delta APC faction.
The presiding Judge declared all actions purportedly taken by the Erue led executives as null and void, including the candidacy of the candidates who emerged from the primaries conducted by the Erue led executives.
Counsel to the Cyril Ogodo exco, Mr Rowland Ekpe, said the re-election of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, representing Delta Central and other candidates in the just-concluded elections, is now null and void following the judgment since they all emerged from the primaries conducted by the Erue led executive committee.
“The primaries conducted by Mefor Progress, those names are the authentic names,” Ekpe stressed.
Other candidates affected by the judgment include the state governorship candidate, Great Ogboru, and the senatorial candidate for Delta South Senatorial District and immediate past governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, among others.
Meanwhile, Mr Okubo Nwachukwu, counsel to the Erue-led executives said they would review the court’s judgment, noting that they would appeal the verdict passed by Justice Toyin Adegoke.
“We will look at the judgment, and see what we are going to do, but hopefully we are going to appeal against the judgment. I am very certain that the appeal will be favourable,” Mr Nwachukwu stated.