Ebonyi guber: Why APC can’t replace Obila as deputy candidate- Eni-Otu, Esq

Princess Patricia Obila
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An Abuja-based legal practitioner, Henry Kelechukwu Eni-Otu, Esq, has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi State cannot possibly replace the Deputy Governorship candidate, Princess Patricia Obila in the March 18 election.

In an exclusive interview with this reporter on Thursday, Eni-Otu, who was reacting to allegations that the APC has replaced Obila with Chief Austin Umahi, who happens to be the younger brother of the Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, said that the only way that can be possible is if Obila indicates by herself that she’s no longer interested in the position.

He said: “No Deputy Governorship candidate can be substituted or withdrawn by a political party as provided by virtue of Section 33 of the Electoral Act, 2022 (as amended).

“The only means of substituting a candidate for an election is either by withdrawal of the candidate by his/her own writing or except by death before the date slated for the election, in which case the party is obligated to inform INEC.

“Therefore, only the Deputy Governorship candidate can withdraw herself or himself in his/her own writing, except death.

“Section 29 of the Electoral Act, 2022 equally says that Parties must submit candidates at least 180 days before an election.”

Glonat Newsonline reports that opposition political parties and supporters in the state have taken to the propaganda that Obila has been replaced with Umahi by the APC, a propaganda which the party has since refuted.

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