No going back on challenging outcome of Anambra governorship poll, says Andy Uba

[From CHINEDU NWAFOR, Abakaliki]

Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just-concluded governorship election in Anambra, Andy Uba, has said that no tactics by the leaders of the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the state would make him back out of his decision to challenge outcome of the poll in court.

Senator Andy Uba

A statement signed by his Director of Media and Publicity of the Campaign organisation, Hon. Afam Victor Ogene, wondered why several days after the polls, his opponents, especially members of APGA still dish out falsehood against him.

Uba who said he was quite aware that several of such devious propaganda materials had been made ready for dissemination, urged discerning members of the public to disregard same whenever they to push them out in the belief that in the final analysis, justice shall be last served.

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He further accused leaders and supporters of APGA of gallivanting from one television station to another spending resources belonging to Anambra state in undisguised attempts at demonizing him.

 “The elections have come and gone and we are in the process of interrogating the sanctity of its outcome. But instead of gearing up for the expected judicial battle ahead, APGA as a party and its leaders are busy trolling my person, in the mistaken belief that their underhand tactics would make me back out of my chosen course of action.

“I have only decided to take a civilised course of action, which is a recourse to the judiciary in the face of daunting illegalities that trailed the conduct of the elections.

“How this is so discomfiting to some, leading to the sponsorship of several false stories about my person, beats the imagination of all reasonable members of society.”

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Meanwhile, the APC chapter in the states has described the recently concluded governorship election as a monumental fraud.

State Chairman of the party, Mr. Basil Ejidike, said this during a press conference in Awka, the state capital while reacting to a statement credited to the erstwhile State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Okelo Mmadukaife. He claimed that the APC in the state had congratulated the Governor-elect and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Charles Soludo.

According to him, the party is law-abiding and will never identify with illegality, brazen impunity, and fraud and will not congratulate the declared winner. Ejidike, therefore, urged that such congratulatory information should be disregarded.

While the party executive says they are still consulting on the following line of action, they officially announced the suspension of Mmadukaife for anti-party activities and have replaced him with Mr. Nonso Chinweuba, who has been functioning in an acting capacity for the past five months.

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The party notified the public that any information from any other source other than its chairman or the Acting Publicity Secretary should be considered fake.

Reports have already emerged that Uba is planning to drag Soludo to court in a suit seeking to disqualify the APGA candidate, on the grounds that the Affidavit which he (Soludo) submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) contained false information.

The report went further to reveal that the Plaintiffs, Adindu Valentine, and Egwudike Chukwuebuka, alleged that Professor Charles Soludo indicated that he was contesting for Aguata Constituency 2 seat, whereas he was actually contesting for the position of a Governor.

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