They are living in the past, says Senator
ALTHOUGH Mr. Andy Uba has rejoined the Upper House following his victory at the March 20, 2012, re-run election, his opponents within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nicholas Ukachukwu and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) have not closed their disputes with the lawmaker.
Uba had clinched the Anambra-South Senatorial seat with 42,804 votes to beat APGA’s candidate, Chuma Nzeribe, who scored 40,674 votes.
But Ukachukwu told journalists at the weekend in his Orsumenyi, Nnewi-South home, that his case with Uba was not yet over.
He said the seeming truce was due to the directives of the PDP hierarchy and President Goodluck Jonathan that the two gladiators maintained the peace before, during and after the election.
Ukachukwu said both his camp and that of Uba were invited by the Presidency before the polls and charged to work together to ensure that PDP emerged victorious and that “we have done”.
Uba, who holds on to the seat vide some court rulings and his victory at the polls, told journalists that “we have since passed that stage. Go and see the letter from the party on who was their actual candidate. Please, I am grateful to all for their unflinching support during the election”.
Ukachukwu also tendered court judgments and other interpretations, which according to him, gave him the “unassailable claim to the nomination as the actual candidate of the PDP”.
As the intra-party strife continues, APGA has said it was shocked that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) could ignore all their protests and allow the “PDP to field two candidates for the election instead of one person as specified by law”.
APGA Chairman in Anambra State, Mike Kwentor, said the party would soon meet to take a decision on its next line of action.
INEC, which has issued the certificate of return to Uba, in a statement by the Electoral Commissioner, Mike Igini, who presided over the re-run polls, said that by virtue of the Court of Appeal’s verdict, the contest was between Uba and Nzeribe.
Ukachukwu, in his reaction, said: “The contest was between me and the incumbent Anambra State governor and his party/candidate”.
He tendered court judgments, which affirmed him the party’s candidate and also pointed out that Uba had been with him in various courts on the matter but always ended up accusing the judges of bias”.