Ebonyi APC expels Gov. Umahi’s opponent for senatorial ticket Expulsion By Christian Ogbonna Abakaliki, Aug. 14 The All Progressives Congress (APC), Ebonyi South Senatorial Zone has expelled Mrs Ann Agom-Eze from the party over alleged rebellious and unruly behaviours.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abakaliki on Sunday by the party chairman in the state, Mr Stanley Okoro-Emegha.
Agom-Eze was Gov. David Umahi’s main challenger for the Ebonyi South senatorial ticket of the APC ahead of the 2023 polls.
On July 22, a Federal High Court in Abakaliki ordered a rerun of the senatorial primary election after one of the contenders, the governor’s younger brother, Mr Austine Umahi, had withdrawn from the race.
After the court judgment, APC conducted a fresh primary election on July 31 where Gov. Umahi emerged winner.
Okoro-Emegha stated on Sunday that Agom-Eze rebelliously jeopardised her membership by violating APC’s Constitution, which prohibits any act of dishonesty capable of disparaging the party or its member(s).
He added that Agom-Eze was initially expelled by the ward executives of APC in her Umudomi Ward in Onicha Local Government Area of the state.
“The chairman of APC, Ebonyi South Zone, Mr Ernest Nwazi through a motion, expelled Agom-Eze form the party citing rebellious and unruly behaviour.
“The chairman stated also that she fundamentally violated some sections of the party’s Constitution,’’ he stated.
“Agom-Eze has recklessly disparaged herself by eating back her words in an effort to satisfy her paymasters.
“Since her expulsion started from her ward, I cannot interfere with the decision because politics is a grassroots engagement.
“We are well schooled in her antics as she is being bankrolled by the opposition party,’’ he added.
Okoro-Emegha stated also that the APC would convincingly deliver all its candidates including Gov. Umahi at the 2023 general elections.
“The APC Ebonyi South zonal meeting which took place at Afikpo North Local Government Area headquarters witnessed massive turnout of party faithful.
“They came from additional four council areas of Afikpo North, Ivo, Ohaozara and Onitcha,’’ Okoro-Emegha stressed.
Gov. David Umahi on Sunday defeated his younger brother, Austin and three other contestants to win the re-run All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election for Ebonyi south senatorial district.
Prof. Emmanuel Adebayo, Leader of APC’s national committee to the primary declared the governor winner at the end of the exercise held at the Afikpo North Local Government Council headquarters.
Adebayo announced that the governor won the contest with 250 votes while his younger brother Austin, polled 10 votes.
“Mrs Elizabeth Chukwu polled five votes; Mrs Magareth Ibiam got three votes, while Mrs Ann Agom-Eze scored zero votes.
“Total number of votes cast were 275; total valid votes were 268, while invalid votes were seven,’’ he announced.
Umahi in his acceptance speech commended the committee for conducting a peaceful and credible primary election, noting that the APC has transparency and credibility as its watchwords.
“APC is rooted in Ebonyi and will surely sweep the electoral stakes at the 2023 general elections,’’ the governor assured.
On July 22, a Federal High Court in Abakaliki dismissed a suit filed by Umahi seeking it to recognise him as the APC’s candidate for the senatorial district.
The court instead recognised Mrs Ann Agom-Eze who placed second at the May 28 primary election as the candidate but ordered a re-run of the election within 14 days.
The Ebonyi chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief Stanley Okoro-Emegha says Mrs Ann Agom-Eze actually withdrew from the Ebonyi South race for Gov. Dave Umahi, contrary to her claim.
Okoro-Emegha said this on Tuesday in Abakaliki when he reacted to Agom-Eze’s claim that she did not withdraw from the race.
He said that her withdrawal letter was sent to him from the party headquarters after being endorsed, expressing shock at the new development.
“The national secretariat acknowledged and forwarded the letter to me.
“It is therefore demeaning to say that the governor is fighting with the woman over the ticket.
“We are however, ready to obey the Abakaliki federal high court’s ruling for a re-rurun of the primary election,” he said.
He said that the matter was an internal party affair as Agom-Eze was a member of the APC.
“We are ready to conduct the primaries anytime provided it conforms with the timeline of the Independent Electoral Commisson (INEC).
“APC is a party which believes in the rule of law,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a federal high court sitting in Abakaliki on July 22 dismissed a suit filed by Umahi seeking INEC to recognise him as the APC candidate for the Ebonyi south senate’s at the National Assembly.
The court recognised Agom-Eze who came second in the May 28 primaries but ordered INEC to conduct a re-run within 14 days and accomdate her in the process.
A Federal High Court in Abakaliki on Friday, dismissed suit filed by Gov Dave Umahi seeking the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accept him as the Ebonyi South Senatorial candidate for 2023 polls.
The court also recognized Mrs Ann Agom-Eze, who came second in the May 28 primary of the APC in the state and ordered INEC to conduct fresh primary within 14 days for the zone to accommodate Agom-Eze.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Umahi through his counsel, Roy Nweze, had dragged INEC to the Federal High Court, compeling the commission to recognize him as the authentic senatorial candidate for the zone.
NAN recalls that Mr Austin Umahi (the governor’s younger brother), a contender had withdrawn at the second primary election conducted on June 9, 2022, wherein the governor was reported to have won unopposed.
Justice Fatun Riman, in his judgement, noted that Umahi was not an aspirant and could not participate in the election or pre-election matters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as regards the Ebonyi South zone, whose primary held on the May 28.
Riman said that according to Section 115 of the Electoral Act 2022, the governor neither procured forms for nor participated in the election and could not claim any right based on the primary election.
The Counsel to Mrs Ann Agom-Eze, Mr Nnaemeka Nwonwu, expressed satisfaction by the judgement.
“Yes, the court has ordered APC to conduct fresh primary to ratify the candidacy of our client, Ann Agom-Eze, who took the second position as governor’s younger brother has withdrawn.
“The court has given 14 days from today, Friday to conduct a fresh primary for the zone,” he said.
Efforts to get the reaction of Counsel to Umahi, Mr Roy Nweze were abortive.
By Douglas Okoro
Abakaliki, May 14, 2023 Mrs Ann Agom-Eze, senatorial aspirant for the Ebonyi South district on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised alarm over perceived plots to intimidate her out of the race.
Publicity Secretary of her campaign organisation, Mr David Nsi, stated on Saturday in Abakaliki that it had uncovered desperate plots to use subterfuge, harassment and undemocratic manoeuvring to edge Agom-Eze out of the race.
Her campaign organisation goes by the name Princess Nwanyibuife Campaign Organisation.
The organisation called on the national leadership of the APC to ensure transparency in the screening of National Assembly aspirants from Ebonyi, especially those from Ebonyi South senatorial district.
It also called on women organisations and rights activists to intervene to ensure that the screening committee was not compromised or biased against Agom-Eze.
“The action of the perpetrators emanates from the fact that Agom-Eze is a female aspirant; this further disenfranchises her and other women from participating in politics and negating the inclusion of women,’’ Nsi stated.
“It has come to our notice that some influential members of the APC in Ebonyi, particular in Ebonyi South, have infiltrated the APC screening committee.
“Their intention is to have Agom-Eze screened out and disqualified at the primary election.
“It has also come to our notice that the perpetrators have hatched plans to remove her Nomination and Expression of Interest forms and other credentials to disenfranchise her.
“It has also come to our notice that her security can no longer be guaranteed as she has been inundated with calls from different quarters insisting that she withdraws without delay.
Nsi recalled that Agom-Eze ran in the primary senatorial election in 2018 for the 2019 election in the same senatorial district and was not disqualified, harassed or intimidated.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Agom-Eze, former Permanent Secretary, Ebonyi Ministry of Lands, Survey and Housing is the only female aspirant from any political party contesting election in the senatorial district.
She is from the same senatorial district as Gov. Dave Umahi.
A credible source in Ebonyi APC, however, told NAN that there was no cause for alarm as the screening of candidates would be held in Abuja.
He assured that the screening committee for Ebonyi would discharge its functions without interference.
“Every aspirant who has met all requirements for the screening need not to worry.
“We are a party founded on sound democratic principles and practices and I assure aspirants that the screening committee will be fair to all,’’ the source said. (www.nanews.ng)