Court Bars Governor Umahi From Contesting Senatorial Election

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Ebonyi state Governor

The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Ebonyi South, Engr. , the governor of Ebonyi State, and his younger brother, Chief Austin Umahi, have been disqualified from running in the senatorial election.

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The winner of the first primary election held by the APC was Umahi’s younger brother, Chief Austin Umahi.

However, the APC chapter in Ebonyi State cancelled the earlier primary and planned a new one where the governor won the ticket after losing the presidential primary poll.

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After other candidates, including his younger brother, stepped down for him, Umahi won the Ebonyi South APC senatorial primary election, which was later held at the Afikpo North Local Government Council.

The judge, Justice Fatun Riman, cited section 115 of the Electoral Act, which prohibits a person from running in two primary elections in the same year, in a case brought by the governor seeking the court to order INEC to publish his name as the APC senatorial candidate for Ebonyi South.

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According to the judge’s ruling, anyone discovered to have claimed to vote in two primaries faces a two-year prison sentence.

Since the first winner, Austin Umahi, withdrew from the election, the judge ruled that Mrs. Ann Agom-Eze is the legitimate APC senatorial candidate for Ebonyi South.

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