O’tega Emerhor, a senatorial aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta state, says Ovie Omo-Agege, senator representing Delta central, is in self denial that the certificate of return issued to him by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will soon be retrieved and re-issued to him.
Emerhor had challenged Omo-Agege to the ticket of the APC in the senatorial district. He is currently challenging the victory of the lawmaker in the March election.
In a statement Aghogho Orotomah, his media aide issued on his behalf, Emerhor said the federal high court Asaba made a specific order, order no 4 in the court enrolled orders nullifying the national assembly, governorship and state assembly candidates list of Delta APC submitted to INEC through the committee led by Jones Erue.
He listed the rejected names as: Emmanuel Uduaghan- Delta south; Ovie Omo-Agege – Delta central and Doris Uboh- Delta north.
Emerhor said the orders have been served by the court bailiff on INEC and that the commission had started the process of obedience to the order by refusing to give out the certificate of return to three affected candidates of the Erue annulled list in Asaba on Wednesday.
“It is therefore obvious that the Certificate of Return already issued to Senator Ovie Omo-Agege is in error and it is only a matter of time for it to be withdrawn by INEC and together with those INEC already withheld, re-issue same to Olorogun O’tega Emerhor and others,” the statement read.
“Senator Omo-Agege has to be in self denial to continue to grand stand that the Asaba FHC judgement does not affect his Candidacy.
“He did the right thing by attempting to seek leave of court to appeal the judgment as an impacted person but unfortunately the court of appeal Benin shut the door on him for sleeping on his right for the last six months and awarded cost against him. Olorogun O’tega Emerhor the valid candidate and Senator-elect for Delta Central awaits calmly his Certificate of Return from INEC.”