Confusion Hits APGA as Obidigbo Ask Court to Declare Him Anambra Governor-Elect
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has been thrown into confusion as the governorship candidate of the Maxi Okwu led faction of the party, Dr. Chike Obidigbo has approached at the Anambra State Election Petition Tribunal asking to be declared governor-elect in the November 16, 2013 gubernatorial election.
Obidigbo’s petition follows a pronouncement of the Federal High Court, Abuja, affirming Barrister Maxi Okwu as the National Chairman of the party.
The court in its ruling stated that Sir Victor Umeh, had ceased to be the party’s National Chairman because his tenure expired since 2010.
In the petition, Obidigbo contended that he won the authentic APGA governorship primary, which was supervised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and his name was submitted to the electoral body.
Obidigbo alleged that his name was removed by INEC and replaced with that of Willie Obiano as candidate of APGA when, according to him, Obiano never took part in the primary, but his name was submitted to the Commission.
He also said he was the candidate of APGA that contested the election after campaigning and that he, and not Obiano, won the election.
It will be recalled that before the November 16, 2013 governorship election, Obidigbo’s name was shortlisted as APGA candidate, but later replaced with Obiano’s during the exercise.
National Chairman of APGA, Maxi Okwu, while confirming the development told Saturday Independent that, “we already have a matter at the election petitions tribunal in Anambra State and in that suit, our governor-elect, Dr. Chike Obidigbo, who sued Willie Obiano and three others, made it clear that he is the candidate of our party that won the governorship election in Anambra and not one Willie Obiano.”
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