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The candidature of Chijioke Edoga as the validly nominated governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Enugu State was on Monday affirmed by the Supreme Court.
A full Panel of the Court led by Justice Kekekere Ekun, on Monday, dismissed the Appeal of Evarest Edeh Nnaji, challenging Edoga’s nomination.
The Eastern Updates reports that the governorship election is slated for March 11, 2023.
The Apex Court held that the Appeal was dead on arrival owing to the fact that Mr. Nnaji did not participate in the primary Election held by the party and is unable to satisfy the court that he was a duly nominated candidate by consensus in accordance with the Electoral Act, 2022 having failed to demonstrate that there was a special convention affirming him as the consensus candidate.
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The Court agreed with the Lead Counsel representing the Labour Party; Alex Ejesieme, SAN, and M.J Numa, SAN, that the Appellant’s contention at the trial Court culminating in the Appeal was against Public Policy as the appellants lack the requisite Locus Standi.
The candidate of the Labour Party for Enugu East Senatorial district, Oyibo Chukwu was yesterday murdered by some yet-to-be-identified gunmen.
Oyibo, a lawyer was said to have been attacked while returning from a campaign trip in the Agbani area.
He was said to have been burnt inside his vehicle, and three persons were suspected to be with him in the vehicle but it was not yet known how many of the occupants were killed.
Information about the attack is still very sketchy but a top member of the party has confirmed it but said he should not be quoted until the family speaks.