Again, court refuses to unseat Andy Uba, Stella Oduah from Senate

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JUSTICE ADENIYI Ademola of a Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday dismissed a suit seeking to sack, Senators Andy Uba, Stella Uduah and others from the National Assembly. Senator Annie Okonkwo and others had through their counsel, Chief Asam Asam (SAN) dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC; Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; Uba, Oduah and 15 lawmakers in the National Assembly and Anambra State House of Assembly before the court, asking the court to invalidate their nominations. Justice Ademola had, in a judgment delivered yesterday dismissed the suit, filed by Senator Annie Okwonkwo, Chris Ubah and 42 others for lacking in merit. In the judgment that lasted for about an hour, Justice Ademola held that the plaintiffs’ claim is that they are the rightfully nominated candidate of the PDP in the National and State House of Assembly election in the March and the April 11, 2016 Presidential election held in the state, cannot stand in the face of the law having been unlawfully nominated by the state executive of the party. The court held that it has been established in law that the power, to conduct primary election, nomination of candidates and submission of list of candidates to INEC is vested on the National Executive Committee, NEC of political parties. The Judge said, in the instant case the plaintiffs, having emerged from a primary election conducted by the state executive of the PDP, submitted themselves to an act of illegality and as such cannot seek legal backing for such a nomination. The trial judge referred to Supreme Court judgments of 29th January 2016 and the ruling of the apex court delivered on February 24, 2016 where the issue of the powers of the PDP NEC and the state executive committee was ventilated to the effect that the state organ of …Read More

Source:: Nigerian Pilot