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Anambra APC welcomes disqualification of APGA senatorial candidate

The Anambra State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has applauded the decision of an Abuja High Court to disqualify Chris Azubogu, the All Progressives Grand Alliance candidate, from running for the Anambra South Senatorial ticket.

The Anambra State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has applauded the decision of an Abuja High Court to disqualify Chris Azubogu, the All Progressives Grand Alliance candidate, from running for the Anambra South Senatorial ticket in the upcoming 2023 elections.

The APC stated it was vindicated by the ruling and doesn’t care who represents the APGA in the Anambra South District on February 25, 2023.

The statement was released to journalists in Awka on Saturday by the state’s publicity secretary, Okelo Madukaife, who also said, “We share in the rebuke handed down by the court to Azubogu that it is shameful that a legislator does not know the law.”

APGA had nominated a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for an upcoming senate election. Still, the statement added, “We, however, celebrate our vindication, as a party, by the judgement of Federal High Court 5 Abuja, presided over by Hon. Justice Inyang Ekwo.”

“Our dynamic chapter of APC had on April 29, 2022, issued a statement countering the unfounded declarations of Senators Stella Oduah, as well as Hons Chris Azubogu, Lynda Ikpeazu and Okwuchuwu Ezenwankwo, among other State Assembly members, claiming that they were decamping from APC to APGA, in the case of Azubogu and some others and PDP in the case of Oduah, Ikpeazu, Ofumelu and yet others.

“In response to the respective declarations, considered irresponsible and thoughtless, our party clearly stated that none of those legislators had vacated their seats in the National and State Assemblies.

“It was our take that those legislators which Anambra State ought to be ashamed of were recruited for ‘an evil business in APC, in the wake of the 2021 governorship election’ before God arrested their mission.

“We, however, add that these fading-out legislators in Anambra State, including but not limited to Azubogu, know the law but elect to flout them mischievously because they enjoy the false confidence of being able to by their way through situations.

“Yet the same persons leave Anambra State without proper representation, confusing the legislature’s duties with the executive, counting ‘attracted’ projects, distributing tricycles and cash while showing weaknesses in giving their constituencies a voice.

“By the express provision of Section 68 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, Azubogu could not have been a PDP legislator and APC member, nor a PDP legislator and APGA candidate.

“It is a well-deserved judgement that holds great potential to wake up the right sensibilities in Anambra State, develop the polity further and deepen political consciousness in Nnamdi Azikiwe’s state.”

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