Court Disqualify APC Gubernatorial Candidate in Abia State

An Abia State High Court has nullified the victory of All Progressives Congress aspirant, Chief Ikechi Emenike, the acclaimed winner of the governorship primary election.

Emenike was declared the winner of Thursday’s controversial primary election in Abia State.

In the suit instituted by Mr. Chinedum Nwole and two others, Justice O. A. Chijioke declared that Emenike lacks the locus standi to contest the primary election because he had earlier been suspended from the party.

The court ruled that both Emenike and the APC State Chairman, Chief Donatus Nwakpa breached article 9.3 of the APC constitution by going ahead to participate in the primary election.

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Justice Chijioke declared their participation in the ward, local council, state and the recently held national convention of the party as illegal.

The ruling read in part, “That by the virtue of the suspension of the first defendant (Emenike) as a member of the second defendant (APC), the first defendant cannot participate in whatever form whatsoever in the activities of the second defendant including the scheduled ward, local government, state and national congresses of the second defendant due to to take place between 2021 and 2022.

“That order of injunction is hereby made restraining the first defendant from parading, dignifying and or posturing himself as a legitimate member of APC during the subsisting of his suspension from the party as prescribed by the constitution.”

Consequently, the judge directed the National Working Committee of the party to desist from having further dealing with the duo based on the subsisting court order.






Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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