Embattled former lawmaker, Senator Uche Ekwunife, has accused the Court of Appeal as behaving like Father Christmas by handing over her mandate to Victor Umeh of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
The senator, who has dumped the PDP for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), was sacked from the senate by an appeal court sitting in Enugu and excluded from participating in the rerun election under the PDP.
Questioning the ruling of the appeal court, she accused the court of acting like a Father Christmas, gifting her victory to Victor Umeh.
“The court, which has before it enough evidence that Umeh lost, went ahead to nullify the election on the basis of what they called invalid primaries of the Anambra state PDP.~~“A reason which is not strong enough to cancel the election in an appeal filled by APGA and Umeh as other political parties also contested in the election.
“The questions remain; how can invalid PDP primaries affect an election which other political parties participated in?
“Why should the invalid PDP primaries be a source of granting Umeh, who took me to court, the nullification of the election which other political parties (which did not go to court) participated in?
“Why was my own election the only one that was cancelled when the same invalid PDP primaries produced other PDP Senators, Members of the House of Representatives as well as State Assembly Members?” She queried in a statement.
She said the outcome of the matter “was a conspiracy between some elements in PDP and the state government who were panicking over what they referred to as my rising profile”. Ekwunife said she approached the PDP to conduct fresh primaries in anticipation of the fresh polls, but the party was riddled in confusion.
“Even after these minor setbacks, I advised PDP to conduct primaries in other to produce a candidate who will fly the party’s flag in the oncoming repeat election, but since then, nothing meaningful has been done as they are busy creating more confusion in the party.
“My good people of Anambra Central Senatorial District, taking cognizance of these developments, I took time to make wide consultations and have decided to join the All Progressive Congress (APC).”