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Abia APC primary : Apugo reacts to his Appeal Court victory

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Abia APC primary : Apugo reacts to his Appeal Court victory

By Leonard Egwuma

Mr Martins Apugo, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Ikwuano/Umuahia Federal Constituency in the 2019 National Assembly elections has reacted to his declaration as the winner of the primary by the Appeal Court.

Apugo, who spoke to newsmen in Umuahia, while reacting to the ruling on Tuesday said it did not make him happier because he was not supposed to be in any court in the first place.

Wawa Global reports that the Appeal Court sitting in Owerri, Imo, on Tuesday declared Apugo winner of the APC, against Mr Stanley Ohajuruka.

A Federal High Court in Umuahia, led by Justice Osiagor, had sacked Apugo.
The judge had ruled in favour of a pre-election suit filed by Mr Stanley Ohajuruka, one of APC aspirants in the 2018 primary and former Speaker of Abia House of Assembly.

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But, Apugo who was the party candidate at the 2019 National Assembly election, appealed the ruling.

Reacting to the Tuesday’s ruling, he said, “I won the primary clean and clear.The party gave me the nomination.
“I didn’t even bother about the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) because INEC had the result of what transpired at the primary.

“I got 10 times more votes than what APC wrote for me, according to the result sheet that INEC showed in the Federal High Court, but the judge said there was no primary.”

He also expressed optimism that he would win at the Election Tribunal, adding that he knew he won the main election.

Apugo had contested the 2019 National Assembly election against the incumbent, Mr Sam Onuigbo of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and others.

However, INEC declared Onuigbo winner of the election, but Apugo is challenging the elegibility of Onuigbo at the tribunal.

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