- The PDP has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against embarking on its proposed rerun of Anambra Central election
- The party said such venture is tantamount to waste of tax payers' money
- The PDP also warned that the seat for which the election is being conducted for is not vacant
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday, January 9, warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against embarking on its proposed rerun of Anambra Central senatorial district election.
The party said the move by the electoral body would only be tantamount to a waste of tax payers money.
Speaking in Awka, Anambra's capital city, the chairman of state's PDP, Ndubuisi Nwobu, said the election would be a nullity.
Nwobu warned that the seat for the senatorial candidate is not vacant.
He also said that INEC must remain an unbiased umpire in the electoral process in the state.
The chairman called on INEC to be fair and not decide to uphold one court judgment and jettison the other as the March 2015 election and victory of the PDP have not been invalidated by any court.
Nwobu said: “PDP was declared the winner in the election and certificate of return was issued to Sen. Uche Ekwunife, and she was there for more than a year.
“Her victory was contested by Chief Victor Umeh of APGA that he should have been declared winner having won the highest number of votes.
“The votes were recounted and Ekwunife’s victory was upheld before Umeh proceeded to the Court of Appeal and Sen. Ekwunife lost the seat on the grounds that she was not validly nominated.
“While the Court of Appeal ruled that there should be a rerun based on post-election matters, a Federal High Court has ruled that Dr Obiora Okonkwo of the PDP is the valid candidate of the PDP and should be sworn in.
"INEC should not descend into the arena because that is what its body language suggests; there is still a matter on this election in the Supreme Court.
"Why is INEC in a haste, are they an interested party? They should appeal and vacate the judgment first.
“INEC is a strong stakeholder in our democracy and an agent of government, it should remain neutral and not obey one judgment and disobey the other."
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Abuja division of the Federal High Court had ordered the return of a PDP candidate, Obiora Okonkwo, in Anambra state.
The court ruled that Okonkwo is the rightfully elected member of the central senatorial district of the state in 2015.
Okonkwo's lawyer had also asked the court to subsequently order that the senate president, Bukola Saraki, swears in his client as the senator representing the district.
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