Anam­bra: Court dismisses suit to un­seat Ubah, Od­uah

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By John Chuks Azu

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.

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