The All Progressives Congress, Anambra State chapter, has hailed the judgement of an Abuja High Court for the disqualification of the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chris Azubogu, from contesting the Anambra South Senatorial ticket in the 2023 general elections.
The APC said it has been vindicated by the judgement, adding that the party is indifferent about who flies the flag of APGA in Anambra South District on February 25, 2023.
This was contained in a statement by the state’s Publicity Secretary, Okelo Madukaife, and made available to journalists in Awka, on Saturday, adding that “We share in the rebuke handed down by the court to Azubogu that it is shameful that a legislator does not know the law.”
The statement read, “We however celebrate our vindication, as a party, by the judgement of Federal High Court 5 Abuja, presided over by Hon. Justice Inyang Ekwo, which voided the nomination of a PDP member by APGA for the impending senatorial contest.
“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 their mission was arrested by God.
“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 duties of the legislature 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 judgment 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.”