The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday declared George Ogara, a lawyer as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Enugu State.
Ogara has dragged Senator Ayogu Eze, the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, Prof Moses Momoh and the Independent National Electoral Commission before the Court, challenging Ayogu’s emergence as the APC governorship candidate for the 2019 general elections in the state.
Justice Inyang Ekwo held that the direct primary election of the party that produced Ogara as the governorship candidate in Enugu was in compliance with the party’s guidelines and the Electoral Act.
He held that he scored the highest votes in the primary conducted in 270 wards of the 17 Local Government Areas.
The court ordered the National Working Committee of the APC to forward Ogara’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission as the party’s candidate in the 2019 governorship election.
The Judge restrained INEC from accepting any other name except that of Ogara, for the purpose of the 2019 governorship election in Enugu state.
“Plaintiff’s name is entitled to be forwarded by the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Defendants to the 5th Defendant as the Candidate of the 2nd and 4th Defendants in the 2019 Enugu State Governorship election.
“That the direct primary election for Governorship aspirants conducted on 4/10/2018, wherein the plaintiff emerged as the winner on 4/10/2018, having scored the highest number of Votes cast in the said direct primary election for Enugu State Governorship aspirants is consistent with and in compliance with the provisions of Section 87 (3) of the Electoral Act. 2010 (as amended) and Article 20 (iii) of the All Progressives Congress Constitution, 2014 (as amended),” the court held.
Ogara had gone to the court to challenge the emergence of Senator Ayogu Eze as the candidate of the party.
He contested that he scored the majority lawful votes in the primary conducted in accordance with the party’s guidelines.