The Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, yesterday, upheld the Labour Party primary election of June 9 that produced Mr. Splendour Eze as the governorship candidate of the party in the state.
The court also nullified the primary held on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, which produced Edward Nkwegu as another governorship candidate of the party in the state, saying it was illegal.
Justice Fatun Riman, in his ruling, said the party primary held earlier in June is still authentic, as the candidate, Eze, has not withdrawn from the race.
Riman said that another candidate could not emerge in a political party until a candidate, who was validly nominated, withdrew from the race.
Counsel to Eze, Michael Odoh, commended the judgement and noted that his client has not withdrawn from the race.
Odoh said: “The court has ruled it and my client remains the authentic candidate of the party in Ebonyi as he has not withdrawn.
“Not until he withdraws, no other candidate can emerge as a candidate in that party.
“The court had upheld the primary that was conducted earlier in June in favour of Splendour and set aside the purported second primary held yesterday, August 2, 2022.
“People should abide by the electoral act and party guidelines. If you want to take over the candidature of a political party, where a candidate was validly nominated and the name of forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); the person has to withdraw his candidature in writing before another person can take over.
“My client, Splendour, remains the governorship candidate of LP in the state and no other person,” Odoh explained.
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