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Supreme Court’s Judgments On Election Petition May Encourage Election Malpractices – APGA Chieftain

Posted: Feb 15, 2016 at 1:43 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Augustine Adah, LAGOS

The leader of  the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Lagos State Engr. Campbell Umehnzekwe has described the recent Supreme Court judgments that upheld the elections of the governors of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Taraba and Rivers State as dangerous precedences that would encourage all form of election malpractices.

The Supreme between last month and this month set aside the judgments of Appeal Court nullifying the elections of Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, Udom Emmanuel, Darius Ishaku and Nyesom Wike governors of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Taraba and Rivers states respectively. While explaining the results for upholding the governorship election in Rivers, the court explained that the candidate of APC in the election, Dakuku Peterside failed to prove that election did not take place in the state.

Umehnzekwe who is also the deputy national organizing secretary of APGA expressed shock over the judgments and stated it gives permission for rigging and all form of election malpractices.  “I think what the Supreme has done is telling parties to go and win the election at all means because at the end of the day, such election would be upheld,” he said.

He claimed that APGA won the April 11 governorship elections in 17 local government areas of the state before the ruling PDP in the state forged the result to favour its candidate.  “While we thought the Supreme Court judgment would correct the open robbery of APGA’s s victory by the  PDP in the last election, we did not know that members of the court that were appointed by the last PDP government were out to do the party’s bidding”.  He expressed fear that the party which is basking in the euphoria of the Supreme Court judgments that upheld the elections of its governors in some state may not be able to come out of the present crisis an indivisible party.

Umehnzekwe assured Nigerians that though the Supreme Court judgment in theAbia governorship election was a great setback for APGA, he promised that the party is better positioned to contest and win future elections in the country.

“I enjoined Nigerians to embrace APGA because the party has all it takes to win the next general elections.” The party leader expressed confidence that the ongoing fight against corruption by President Muhammadu Buhari would achieve its goal. “I heard that some people have started refunding what they stole to the federal government and I believe more recoveries would be made”.