Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Anambra Central: Abuja sets aside Obiora Okonkwo victory

Anambra Central Senatorial election begins with voter apathy Anambra Central Senatorial election begins with voter apathy
Anna Jefferson | 14 January, 2018, 11:05

Awka - Low voter turnout characterised early voting in the Anambra Central Senatorial District re-run election organised by the INEC.

Earlier, Okonkwo's effort to postpone the rerun at the Appeal Court failed as a ruling on the matter by a three-man panel of justices presided by Justice Abubakar Datti Yahaya, held that the earlier order made on November 20, 2017 directing INEC to conduct election for the senatorial seat within 90 days can not be reversed so as not to make mockery of the judiciary.

He also ordered the Senate President, Bukola Saraki to "forthwith" swear in Okonkwo, and whereby the Certificate of Return had earlier been issued anyone, such should be withdrawn and issued to Okonkwo.

INEC has however chose to conduct a rerun which it said was based on three subsisting judgement of court of Appeal directing it within 90 days to conduct a rerun poll for the senatorial district.

"It is enough ground to set aside the decision", Mr. Tsoho said.

Her opponent at the 2015 election, Chief Victor Umeh, had challenged the declaration of Ekwunife as a senator for the area by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, at the election tribunal and later at the Court of Appeal where Ekwunife was removed and the court also ordered that PDP should not participate in the rerun.

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Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige has denied report that he will be contesting the rerun of Anambra Central Senatorial Election to be held today, (Saturday) 13th of January 2018.

The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday dismissed a motion seeking to restrain INEC from conducting the re-run election into the Anambra Central Senatorial District.

He therefore submitted that his court being a lower court, is bound by the decision of the appellet court in the instant case.

According to the judge, despite Okonkwo's claim that he was not a party to the two appeals, his political party, the PDP was party to the suits, which are binding on him.

He drew the attention of Okonkwo to an appeal filed by his party against the judgment of the Appeal Court, which ostensibly showed he and PDP are interested parties.

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