Abia guber race : I’m still authentic APC candidate – Ogah
* Says Emenike mere distraction
* Urges supporters to remain focused
* Says his name still on INEC list
By Steve Oko
Dr. Uche Ogah has explained that he is still the authentic governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in Abia State despite the controversy sparked by an Abuja High court ruling which recognized Ikechi Emenike as the APC standard flag bearer.
An Abuja federal High Court presided over by Justice Ogbonnaya, Thursday, ordered APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to recognize a factional candidate, Chief Emenike as the APC governorship candidate for Abia.
But Ogah has cleared the air saying he remains APC governorship candidate despite the court order as he already has a subsisting court order restraining Emenike from parading himself as APC governorship candidate which has not been vacated.
He also said that he had already gone to the Appeal court, adding that the Thursday court order is of no effect as the matter is already pending in the court of appeal.
Ogah, in a press statement by his Media Adviser, Great Imo Jonathan, urged his supporters not to be jolted by the court order but remain resolute in their support for him.
He expressed confidence that he would sweep the March 2nd governorship poll .
Below is a full text of the press statement :
“IKECHI EMENIKE IS A MERE DISTRACTION
“The good people of Abia State, supporters of Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah and the All Progressives Congress in Abia State are hereby advised not to be distracted by the news of the Kubwa High Court being brandished by our distractor-in-chief, Chief Ikechi Emenike and his sponsors in PDP. He has been on this for too long and by now we are used to getting such news from his quarters. He acted the same script in ANPP, PDP and now APC. He may never change from his political gamji.
“What is important here is that the judgement of the High Court has been transmitted successfully to the Appeal Court and the judgement validating Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah is still subsisting unvacated. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has even released the final list of candidates which includes Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah. Hence, anything said or done by the lower court is prelude to the Appeal Court, which supersedes it.
“We all in Abia State are aware that Chief Ikechi Emenike is a mere distraction. Hence, we ask Ndi Abia to ignore him and remain steadfast and undaunted because this is OUR TIME TO REJOICE.
“We should continue to spread the good news of Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah and prepare our people to vote massively for the All Progressives Congress (APC) so that we will see ABIA REJOICE.
“By March 2nd, 2019, our long awaited victory will be heralded. Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah and his running mate, RT Hon Martins Azubuike, are set to transform the entire Abia State, to upgrade our beloved Enyimba into a world class city and Umuahia, into magnificent city of pride. We knew long before hand that we will experience challenges and there will be attempts to truncate this dream of making ABIA REJOICE. Yet we are determined because the time is now. World over people don’t expect to achieve great things without facing challenges and ours will not be different.
“We thank the good people of Abia State for your commitment to this project and we say God bless you all.
“For: Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah Campaign Organization.
“Great Imo Jonathan
OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ADVISER TO DR. UCHECHUKWU SAMPSON OGAH ON MEDIA”
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