David Umahi, the governor of Ebonyi State, has vowed to contest the All Progressives Congress-ordered fresh primaries for the Ebonyi South senatorial zone.
This came as the governor accused the party’s senatorial candidate in the zone, Ann Agom-Eze, of engaging in a slander campaign to garner cheap sympathy from unsuspecting members of the public.
Chooks Okoh, Umahi’s Special Assistant on Media and Strategy, stated this in a statement on Thursday, adding that the governor was ready to contest the new primaries, which are scheduled for Sunday, July 31, 2022.
“The attention of Ebonyi state Governor has once again been drawn to Mrs Ann Agom Eze’s bizarre antics in her quest to keep deceiving the public and gaining undeserved sympathy in a bogus attempt to fly the APC flag as the candidate for Ebonyi South Senatorial zone,” the statement said.
“While society was still dealing with her perjury tantrums in front of a revered court of law, she is once again employing primitive tactics and resorting to crude self-help in an attempt to clinch a mandate she has no claim to in any case.”
“In a most provocative and highly contemptuous letter addressed to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court Abuja, Mrs Agom Eze went hallucinating about an imaginary court procedure and how it will end, raising disparaging insinuations against the governor.”
“The Governor would have ignored the letter and its puerile contents but for the fact that in our society, silence is thought to mean consent.”
“The general public is urged to disregard these deliberate concoctions and deceptive rants from a woman who sought to represent a people, was rejected, but is now hell-bent on showing them the rough edges they would have gotten from her.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Umahi is prepared for the Ebonyi South Senatorial APC rerun elections set for Sunday, 31st July, 2022, where he hopes to receive his party’s endorsement to run as their candidate in that senatorial zone in the 2023 elections.”
“The general public, and particularly the judiciary, are urged to disregard and completely disregard the veiled blackmail and an attempt to become a senatorial candidate by hook or crook rather than through known standards.”
Last Friday, a Federal High Court in Abakaliki disqualified Governor Umahi and ordered that Agom-Eze, who finished second in the May 28, 2022 primaries, be allowed to run in the 2023 senatorial election.
According to the NigerianWatch, a document signed by the state APC Chairman, Chief Stanley Okoro-Emegha, stated that the party would hold the ordered new primaries on Sunday, July 31, 2022.
Agom-Eze, on the other hand, appealed the Federal High Court’s order for a new primary to admit new aspirants on Wednesday.