The Court of Appeal in Abuja has affirmed David Umahi, Ebonyi State governor, as the validly elected candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Ebonyi south senatorial election.
The court dismissed an appeal by Princess Ann Agom-Eze.
Princess Agom-Eze, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ebonyi State, recently challenged Governor Umahi’s emergence as the Ebonyi South Senatorial Zone candidate, following a primary election which held in July 30, 2022.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki had in August, recognise Agom-Eze as the senatorial candidate for the Zone, however, the Court of Appeal in its judgement today set aside the High Court’s decision and all its orders.
The Appellate Court also held that the High Court was wrong when it upheld Ann’s Counter-affidavit and failed to uphold the primary election of 9th June, 2022, whereat Governor Umahi was nominated as the APC Senatorial candidate, as the nomination was never challenged by anybody within 14 days as prescribed by section 285(9) of the 1999 Constitution.
The court in Abuja proceeded to grant all the reliefs sought by Governor Umahi and the APC in the trial court.