Andy Uba Was Never Anambra Governor – Arthur Eze Says

Andy Uba Was Never Anambra Governor - Arthur Eze Says

Prince Arthur Eze has disclosed to the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja that senator Andy Uba was never a governor of Anambra State, adding that he cannot claim he was.

It’s no longer a country song that Senator Uba was sworn in as the state’s governor in 2007, but keep in mind that he was eventually removed from office after only 17 days due to a petition by Mr. Peter Obi, who had challenged the election. Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the Labour Party (LP), ran for governor of the state in 2003, but the Independent National Electoral Commission declared Dr. Chris Ngige the winner. This decision was overturned by the courts in Obi’s favor, and in 2006, Obi was sworn in as the legitimate winner of the 2003 election.

According to a local media outlet, The Razor, Prince Eze claimed before the Abuja court that Senator Andy Uba had only usurped the office of the state’s governor for 17 days before being forced out by the Supreme Court after the court ruled that he was an impostor rather than the state’s legitimate governor.

The oil tycoon revealed this in a 32-paragraph affidavit signed under oath and submitted to the court registry by Mr. Stephen Okpoh, a litigation secretary at the law firm of Ike Ike and Associates, on behalf of Prince (Engr.) Arthur Eze, Chairman of Oranto Petroleum Ltd., who is the judgment creditor in a lawsuit for nonpayment of an N50 million loan Uba’s company filed against him (Art Senator Uba, who is a judgment debtor in the case, was further informed in court that he was not a law-abiding citizen since he had organized and benefited from a fake governorship primary election for his political party.

Later in 2007, INEC held a governorship election in the state under the assumption that Obi was simply filling out the remainder of Ngige’s term, who had been sworn in in 2003. The Supreme Court disagreed with INEC in its ruling on the subject, saying that INEC should not have held the election that resulted in Uba since a state governor’s term should start on the day of his or her swearing-in, which in this case was in March 2006 when Obi was sworn in.

According to the affidavit, the primary election was held by the All Progressives Congress (APC) before the Anambra state governorship race in 2021, which Nigeria’s three courts of appeal nullified. Eze asserted that, in contrast to Uba’s assertion, he was neither the judgment creditor’s brother nor a friend.

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Additionally, the court was informed that Senator Uba, the judgment debtor, had in the past used his friendship with Prince Arthur Eze as leverage to defraud him of enormous sums of money. Eze further recounted an example when Senator Uba allegedly sent his assistant, Emmanuel Major Okwuosa, to defraud Prince Arthur Eze of one million US dollars, which Prince Eze subsequently recovered through an executed court judgment.

Recall that a state high court in Ekwulobia, Anambra State, earlier ruled in favor of Oranto Petroleum Limited in a lawsuit it brought against Senator Uba for refusing to repay an N50 million interest-free loan given to him by Eze. This refusal resulted in Uba’s property being seized by men from the Federal Capital Territory High Court enforcement unit in Abuja after the court issued an order allowing the execution of the Anambra State law.

However, Uba had filed a motion asking for a court order to repay the loan in N1 million monthly installments. The judgment creditor had rejected this request in his counter-affidavits, calling it a scheme by the judgment debtor to avoid repaying the loan. As a result, Oranto Petroleum further said in the counter-affidavits in opposition to the N1 million monthly installment payment that Andy Uba, the judgment debtor, had broken the law by failing to disclose his assets and income to the court in his motion papers.

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