A Federal High Court sitting in Asaba has nullified the Jones Erue-led executive committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Delta state – The Jones Erue’s faction produced Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and the party’s governorship candidate – Okubo Nwachukwu, the counsel to the Erue-led executives, however, said they would review the court’s judgment.
The judgement of the court is no doubt a threat to Senator Ovie Omo-Agege’s second term victory with the declaration of the Jones Erue-led executive committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Delta state.
In it’s two-hour judgment, the court, presided over by Justice Toyin Adegoke upheld the Cyril Ogodo-led Delta APC faction in the state, declaring the executives as duly elected.
Further investigations revealed that Justice Adegoke further held that by implication of her judgement, all actions purportedly taken by the Erue-led executives becomes a nullity thereby nullifying the candidacy of the candidates who emerged from the primaries conducted by the illegal Erue-led executives.
According to Rowland Ekpe, the counsel to the Cyril Ogodo exco, 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 executives.
“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, Emmanuel Uduaghan, among others.
The counsel to the Erue-led executives, Okubo Nwachukwu, however, 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,” Nwachukwu stated.
You will recall that the senator representing Delta central, Ovie Omo-Agege, reportedly vowed that any member who is remotely connected with Senator Bukola Saraki’s agenda would not be allowed into the leadership of the Senate but Senator Dino Melaye is comfortably re-elected while he, Omo Agege is battling with his candidacy.