APC may not field guber candidate in Akwa-Ibom as Nsima Ekere faces disqualification …accused of N40bn fraud.
A Federal High Court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State has been asked to disqualify the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the State, Nsima Ekere from contesting the March 2, 2019 governorship election over alleged non-resignation of his appointment as the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and allegation of N40 billion fraud, leading to his sack.
Nsima Ekere was said to have been dismissed from his position as NDDC Managing Director by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 25, 2019 over alleged over N40 billion fraud.
The suit number FHC/UY/CS/14/19 was filed on January 28, 2019, by the Indigenous Contractors of NDDC against Nsima Ekere, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and APC.
The plaintiffs are relying on Section 182(g) of the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The plaintiffs want the court to determine; “Whether in view of the provision of Section 182(g) of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, the 1st Defendant (Nsima Ekere) who did not resign, withdraw or retire from his employment as Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) but sacked/dismissed can be recognized by the 2nd defendant (INEC) to contest as a governorship candidate of the 3rd defendant (APC) in the forth coming elections slated for the 2nd of March 2019.”
They are seeking from the court; “A declaration that Nsima Ekere is not qualified for election to the office of Governor of the State slated for the 2nd March 2019 under the platform of the APC and should not be recognized by INEC having been sacked/dismissed from his employment as the Managing Director of the NDDC.”
In a nine paragraph affidavit sworn by the Indigenous Contractors of NDDC Ekere was also accused of embezzling N40 billion, which he allegedly used to acquire choice properties in Port Harcourt , Abuja and to also fund his campaign expenses.
The petitioners said over 50 protests were made against Ekere for his removal based on the alleged embezzlement and that it was the allegations that were upheld, leading to his sack.
The group had protested at the EFCC and National Assembly on January 21 and 22, 2019.