Umahi Risks Two-Year Jail Term As Princess Defeats Ebonyi State Gov, Brother To Clinch Ebonyi South Senate Ticket
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Umahi Risks Two-Year Jail Term As Princess Defeats Ebonyi State Gov, Brother To Clinch Ebonyi South Senate Ticket

 

In a shocking development, a princess; Ann Agom-Eze, a daughter of one of the traditional rulers in Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State has defeated Governor Dave Umahi and his brother, General Austin Umahi in the battle to represent the All Progressives Congress, APC in Ebonyi South Senatorial District.

She emerged as the candidate after the Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki turned down an application by Governor Umahi to be recognized as the senatorial candidate. As a bonus, the court warned the governor that he risks a two-year jail term should he appeal the judgment upon his violation of the Electoral Act that forbids an individual from contesting two different positions in a year.

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Vanguard reports that Ann Agom-Eze defeated Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State as the Court ruling favoured her against all odds.

Recall that she came second in the APC senatorial primary election for Ebonyi South Zone, which was conducted in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, as Governor David Umahi’s younger brother, Austin Umahi came first.

Austin Umahi withdrew from the election and relinquished the ticket to Engr David Umahi even as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC frowned at the development and omitted Engr Umahi’s name from their published list of candidates for the 2023 general election.

INEC argued that it never monitored the rerun exercise, which purportedly announced Engr. Umahi as the candidate of APC for Ebonyi South Senatorial district in 2023.

Consequently, Engr. David Umahi went to the Federal High Court in Abakaliki, through his counsel, Roy Nweze Umahi, to seek an order of the court for INEC to publish his name as the senatorial candidate for Ebonyi South District even as Ann Agom-Eze also applied to be joined in the suit.

Delivering the landmark judgment, Justice Fatun Riman cited section 115 of the Electoral Act, which forbids a person from standing for two different primary elections in the same year.

He said in his judgment, that such a person if found claiming to have participated in two primary elections risks a two-year jail term.

He further affirmed that the authentic Senatorial candidate for the Ebonyi South zone of the APC was Mrs Ann Agom-Eze since Mr. Austin Umahi withdrew from the race.

According to him, if Engr David Umahi files an appeal, he stands to gain a two-year jail term.

[sc_fs_faq html=”true” headline=”h2″ img=”” question=”Will Governor David Umahi Go to jail?” img_alt=”” css_class=””] According to him, if Engr David Umahi files an appeal, he stands to gain a two-year jail term. [/sc_fs_faq]

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