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Anambra Court Restrains Ozigbo from Parading Self as PDP Governorsh­ip Candidate

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A High Court of Anambra State sitting in Awka, the state capital, has barred the factional candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the November 6, 2021 governorsh­ip election in Anambra, Valentine Ozigbo from parading himself as the PDP candidate for the election, pending the determinat­ion of a suit before it.

An order issued by the Honourable Justice Obiora Nwabunike, in suit no. A/230/2021, Senator Uba versus Independen­t National Electoral Commission & 2 Others at the instance of Counsel to Uba, Emeka Nwankwo, Esq, also prohibits the PDP from presenting Ozigbo and prohibits INEC from accepting Ozigbo as the candidate of the PDP until the final determinat­ion of the suit brought by Uba to nullify the parallel congress held at the Dora Akunyili Women Developmen­t Centre, Awka at which Ozigbo emerged winner.

Uba claimed that the Congress at which Ozigbo emerged was conveyed in disobedien­ce to the judgment of an Abuja High Court and in violation of section 87 of the Electoral Act, sections 25 and 50 of the PDP Constituti­on and directive of INEC dated 22nd June 2021, which mandated PDP to comply with the Abuja High Court order issued by the Honourable Justice A.O Adeniyi.

Uba further claimed that the primary election conducted at the Anambra State Congress held at Saint Paul University Awka, at which Uba emerged winner and PDP governorsh­ip candidate with 275 votes, was the proper party primary election.

This, according to him was in full obedience to the judgment of an Abuja High Court and which was in compliance with section 87 of the Electoral Act, sections 25 and 50 of the PDP Constituti­on, and directive of INEC dated 22nd June 2021, which mandated PDP to comply with the Abuja High Court order issued by the honourable Justice AO Adeniyi.

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