National leadership of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has endorsed Deacon Christopher Enai as its governorship candidate for the forthcoming Bayelsa State guber election scheduled for December.
Presenting the candidate at the headquarters of the party in Abuja, yesterday, the ‎National Chairman of APGA, Victor Oye, expressed confidence in the ability of their flag bearer to make a mark in the election.
Speaking at the ceremony, the party expressed lack of confidence in several verdicts by the tribunals, particularly concerning the cases filled by APGA candidates.
Oye was concerned that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was yet to issue a certificate of return to its candidate and member of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly who he said was returned as winner in the state assembly poll, vowing not to sit and watch unnecessary chastisement ‎of its members across the country.
“We have to cry out and let the world hear that our member won an election convincingly in Bayelsa State and the tribunal has returned him as winner. Why has INEC refused to issue him his certificate of return where there are no more impediments in his way to victory?’’
He appealed to INEC to do the needful in obedience to the judgment of the election petition tribunal.
On the appointment of a new INEC Chairman, Oye said the party‎ was not scared about who was appointed, as its interest has always been to win elections irrespective of who heads the electoral umpire.
He was however unhappy with some judgments in Anambra State, describing it as a bad system that needs cleansing. “It is expected of us to build a nation that will be devoid of unnecessary partisanship and parochialism. What we witnessed in the tribunal is alarming because they gave flimsy excuses and reasons for dismissing cases that went through legal scrutiny.
“We know that there are technicalities but the Court of Appeal has warned that lower tribunals should not base their judgments mainly ‎on technicalities. In one of the cases that went through 174 days scrutiny, the judge insisted that the judgment must be dismissed for lack of merit.
“It was incredible that the judge said the case lacked merit from day one and he allowed it to go on for 174 days. This is an injustice that should not be tolerated.’’


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