Ebonyi APC Chairman disowns outgoing councillors
By Charles Onyekwere, ABAKALIKI
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi state has disowned the alleged purported Publication emanating from the outgoing ward councillors for supporting the nullification of the local government election conducted on July 30, 2022.
A federal High court sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital on 25 August 2022 nullified the election in the 13 LGAs and 171 electoral wards across the state.
APC, in a statement, signed and made available to newsmen in Abakaliki on Wednesday by Its state Chairman, Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha, urge Ebonyians to disregard the said Publication, saying that the planned inauguration remains sacrosanct on Wednesday, September 1, 2022.
The statement reads in part” The attention of the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC in Ebonyi State has been drawn to the purported and ill-fated media publication where some alleged serving councillors claimed to have accepted the Judgement of the Federal High Court which nullified the July 30th Local Government elections over tenure disagreement hence supporting that the planned inauguration should not hold.
“To put the record straight, the purported meeting as cited in the publication never happened hence you cannot put something on nothing and expect it to stand.
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According to the statement, the alleged serving councillors, who claimed to be members of APC did not follow due process as encapsulated in their legal document before coming up with the cancerous publication.
” The said Judgment has since been quashed by another court of coordinated jurisdiction through an Ex-parte order obtained by the genuinely elected officials at the July 30th council polls in the state.
“In the eyes of the law, the latest judgment has rendered the previous ineffective hence the inauguration will go on as planned.
Emegha stated that the Ebonyi State House Assembly made a new law in 2020 which reduced the tenure of local government elected officials from 3 to 2 years, adding that the law still subsists to date.
Continuing, added that the party has launched a comprehensive inquest into the matter with a view to unravel the leprous hand behind the publication which tends to disparage and mislead the good people of Ebonyi State.
“The act constitutes a public nuisance and must be treated as such.
He stated that the true identity of the people that allegedly backed the evil snacks must be made public as Ebonyians are known for good conduct.
“At the end of the unbiased investigation, anyone or persons found culpable will face the full weight of the law in order to serve as a deterrence to others.
However, the ruling party is urging all stakeholders, local government elected officials and the general public to disregard the purported media publication and come out en-mass to witness the historic Inauguration scheduled to hold on the 1st of September, 2022 at the Pa Ngele Oruta township stadium.