Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta Central, APC) has described judgement of the Federal High Court in Warri, as an affirmation of what is already known that Emerhor Oe’terga was not the candidate of the APC.
The senator also stressed that the judgement which held he was the validly elected candidate was an endorsement on the will of the people of Delta state.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Communications and Strategy, Godwin Anaughe, the Senator said: “The judgement delivered by the Federal High Court Warri on the 2nd of April 2019 definitively refused and rejected all the claims of Emerhor Oghenetega Germanson and Ima Niboro in which they sought to be declared the Senatorial and House of Representatives candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Delta Central Senatorial district and Udu/Ughelli Federal Constituency respectively.
“In doing so, the Federal High Court sitting in Warri, presided over by Hon. Justice Emeka Nwite acknowledged the obvious and validated what has been the true position all these while: Emerhor Oghenetega Germanson certainly does not have a legal right to the Delta Central Senatorial seat. Senator Ovie Omo-Agege is the Senator-elect having duly won the legitimate primaries of the All Progressives Congress, APC, held on October 3rd, 2018 and also won the general elections held on February 23rd, 2019, despite Emerhor Oghenetega Germanson’s working assiduously against APC in the senatorial election and ensuring that the party is defeated in his unit and ward.
“The Federal High Court in its judgement upheld the statutory role of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in monitoring activities of political parties, particularly the monitoring of primaries to elect candidates to contest the general elections.
“The Court found as proof that in the primaries of the APC which INEC monitored, the winner is Senator Ovie Omo Agege and not Emerhor Oghenetega Germanson, a fact the Court said was admitted by Emerhor Oghenetega Germanson.
“The Court also found that Emerhor Oghenetega Germanson being an aspirant who claimed to have won a primary election as against other contestants, improperly instituted his case when he refused to join other contestants as parties to the suit. That amounts to shaving their heads behind their backs.”
The statement added: “Not having joined Senator Omo-Agege and Rev. Francis Waive as necessary parties, the Court found the case to be incompetent.
“On the merit of the case, the Court in its judgment found against Emerhor Oghenetega Germanson and held that he did not win the primaries of the APC conducted by the National Working Committee of the APC and monitored by INEC. The winner of the APC primaries conducted by the National Working Committee of the APC and monitored by INEC is Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.
“The Court then finally struck out the suit for being incompetent and lacking in merit. This judgement is a victory for all candidates of the APC in Delta State who fought so hard to achieve victory for our great party. It is a tremendous victory for democracy, rule of law and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“It is a victory for the people of Delta Central Senatorial District who voted for Senator Ovie Omo-Agege to return to the Senate as a ranking Senator to continue the good work he started three years ago. And it rebukes Emerhor Oghenetega Germanson’s attempt to steal the election and subvert the will of the people.
“This judgement is also a moment of profound clarity following months of frenzied media coverage that tended to confuse and mislead the general public. We applaud the Court for its decision and for affirming what we already knew to be the will of the people of Delta Central Senatorial District.”