A Federal High Court in Abuja has nullified the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Anambra State, declaring that the emergence of Andy Uba was illegal.
Delivering judgement in a suit filed by one of the APC aspirants in the primary election, George Moghalu, on Monday, Justice Inyang Ekwo, said that Uba’s participation in the November 6 governorship election was void.
Justice Ekwo added that the plaintiff, Moghalu, succeeded in proving that the APC did not conduct a valid primary election from which Uba claimed to have emerged as the party’s candidate.
The judge alao held that Uba was never a candidate in the election, having emerged from an illegally conducted primary.
The court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to delete Uba from its record as a candidate in the election and ordered the APC to refund to Moghalu the sum of N22.5 million, which is the amount he paid for expression of interest and nomination forms since the party failed to conduct a valid primary.
At the direct primary which has now been annulled, Uba scored 230,000 votes but only managed to garner 43,000 votes at the main election which was won by Prof. Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).