There has been uncertainty over the Gubernatorial ticket of the Labor Party (LP) in Ebonyi State as two of the party stalwart continues to lay claim of candidacy due to court injunction.
It would be recalled that the Appeal Court sitting in Enugu had sacked Chief Edward Nkwegu as governorship candidate in the state.
However, the major claimant for the Labour Party governorship ticket in the 2023 election, Hon. Splendour Oko-Eze, said he remains the party’s gubernatorial candidate.
He was, on Sunday, reacting to Thursday sack of the governorship ticket contender in the state, Edward Nkwegu, by the Court of Appeal, Enugu Division, as the gubernatorial flagbearer.
He said, on Sunday, “Edward Nkwegu (EDON) has been sacked by the Court of Appeal, Enugu Division. Just three days ago, the Court of Appeal Enugu, dismissed his appeal suit. I remain the authentic governorship candidate of Labour Party in Ebonyi State. Thank you.”
Reacting, the LP leadership in Ebonyi State, said the Court merely ruled on a motion on notice filed by the party and another to regularize the appeal processes filed in respect of an earlier judgement of a Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki, in Suit No: FHC/AI/237/2022.
The Director of Legal Services of the Governorship Campaign Council of the party in the state, Chief Eziaku Eze, stated this in statement, on Sunday.
The statement read in part, “The appellants/applicants were in Court on the due date to file the processes, but the Court was under lock and key because of the now notorious case of sit-at-home/insecurity challenges in the South-East geopolitical zone of the country.
“The obvious force majuere is an unarguable fact within public domain and was properly placed before the Honourable Court as required by an applicable rules of Court; but the Court in her wisdom allowed technicality to prevail over merit of the substantive appeal.” it stated.