PDP secures controversial court victory in Anambra senatorial district

PDP secures controversial court victory in Anambra senatorial district

- The Abuja division of the Federal High Courts orders the return of a PDP candidate, Obiora Okonkwo, in Anambra state as the rightfully elected member of the central senatorial district of the state in 2015

- Okonkwo's lawyer requests the court to subsequently order that the senate president, Bukola Saraki, swears in his client as the senator representing the district.

- Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson, who headed a panel of three judges, orders the re-run election in the district within 90 days, exempting PDP

The Abuja division of the Federal High Court on Wednesday, December 13, in its ruling, ordered the return of a PDP candidate, Obiora Okonkwo, in Anambra state, as the rightfully elected member of the central senatorial district of the state in 2015.

Justice John Tsoho granted the appeal listed in the amended summons made by Okonkwo’s lawyer, Sebastian Hon.

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According to Premium Times, Okonkwo's lawyer had also requested the court to subsequently order that the senate president, Bukola Saraki, swears in his client as the senator representing the district.

The lawyer, had approached the Federal High Court in December 2014 to contest the nomination of a fellow PDP member from the state, Uche Ekwunife, who became the winner with a lot of controversies.

While Okonkwo’s matter was ongoing before Justice Okon Abang, the candidate representing the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Victor Umeh, approached the Anambra state national assembly election tribunal to contest the emergence of Ekwunife as winner of the said election.

After the ruling of the tribunal, Victor Umeh, the candidate representing the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, appealed at the Appeal Court in Enugu state.

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In its ruling, however, the Appeal Court nullified the nomination of Ekwunife, ordering a re-run election that should be within 90 days, but Ekwunife decamped to APC just after this ruling.

The trial court, in an application made by the PDP on Wednesday, December 6, post-election judgement, allowed the exclusion of the party in the said re-run election.

Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson, who headed a panel of three judges, ordered the re-run election in the district within 90 days, exempting PDP. It was based on that ruling that INEC slated Thursday, January 13, 2018, for the re-run.

Going by this ruling on Wednesday, December 13, the Federal High Court may, however, cause the electoral commission to review its decision.

This judgement could also be seen as a compensation to the PDP after it lost the Anambra governorship election to APGA.

NAIJ.com reported that days after he dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC), a former chieftain, Datti Baba-Ahmed, had been sued by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state.

Baba-Ahmed was sued for defamation and the governor is claiming N1 billion in the suit.

Though details of the suit were sketchy at the time of this report, the governor, it was learnt, personally went to the state high court to sign the lawsuit against one Baba-Ahmed for defamation.

Baba-Ahmed, who was a member of the House of Representatives from 2003 to 2007 and later senator under the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in 2011, said he had returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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Source: Naija.ng

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