Anambra: Court dismisses suit to unseat Ubah, Oduah
The Federal High Court, in Abuja, has dismissed the suit filed by some factional members of the PDP challenging the list of National Assembly members from Anambra State.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola, Friday, ruled that only the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party can submit list of candidates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He, therefore, dismissed the suit filed by Annie Okonkwo, Chris Ubah, John Chukwuemeka Okechukwu and other members of House of Representatives of the Ejike Oguebego-led executive of the party, as ‘merely academic’.
The aspirants, through their counsel, Assam Assam (SAN), had challenged the verdict of the Supreme Court, which recognised the National Assembly candidates from the NEC of the party.
Assam had contended that NEC cannot substitute the names of Andy Ubah, Stella Oduah, Uche Ekwunife (now removed), and eight other House of Representatives members for the March 2015 National Assembly elections, after INEC had published them as validly nominated.
The Oguebego-led faction had argued that INEC cannot substitute names after publishing same, in compliance with the ruling of the Federal High Court, presided by Justice Evo Chukwu (now deceased) in December, 2014.
Counsel to the Oguebego faction, Able Ozioko, has expressed his intention to appeal the judgment.