Court upholds Sen. Ogbuoji Ebonyi APC guber candidate

By Douglas Okoro

#TrackNigeria: A Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki on Wednesday declared Sen. Sonni Ogbuoji winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election held in Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 2018 in Ebonyi.

The court presided over by Justice Phoebe Ayua had on the last sitting adjourned the matter to March 6 for judgement.

Ayua, while delivering judgement said that the plaintiff had failed to prove his case beyond all reasonable doubt and therefore dismissed the suit.

“The plaintiff in this suit has failed to prove his case beyond all reasonable doubt and the case is hereby dismissed,” Ayua said.

Prof. Benard Odoh, former Secretary to Ebonyi State Government and first runner-up in the primary has challenged the outcome of the election which declared Sen. Sonni Ogbuoji as winner.

The suit was filed on Oct. 19, 2019 at the Federal High Court in Abakaliki.

Odoh alleged widespread fraud following alleged use of fake delegates list in the conduct of the primary election for Ikwo and Ezza South Local Government Areas.

Odoh also sought for a declaration that the use of fake lists or substitution of duly elected lawful delegates for the Ezza South and Ikwo Local Government Areas in the conduct of APC governorship primary contravened provisions of the electoral act. (NAN)

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