Uche Ogah, former minister of state for mines and steel development.

Ikechi Emenike, recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Abia State, has been sacked by a federal high court sitting in Abuja.

Justice Binta Nyako who delivered the judgment on Friday declared Uche Ogah, a former junior minister of mines and steel development, as the validly elected candidate of the opposition party in the state for the March 11, 2023 race.

Crisis had erupted after different factions of the party produced Messrs Emenike and Ugah as their standard-bearers but an Appeal Court verdict earlier affirming the decision of the state high court compelled the electoral body to publish the name of Emenike in October as the APC candidate.