Stella Oduah, former Aviation Minister
A senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Chief Arthur Okafor has contended that the Supreme Court did not sack National Assembly legislators elected on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party in the judgment delivered last Friday, contrary to popular impression.
There have been calls on the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw certificates of return issued to Senators Andy Uba, Stella Oduah and their colleagues in the House of Representatives from Anambra State over insinuations that the Supreme Court judgment delivered on Friday has vitiated their elections.
The Supreme Court had in the judgment declared the executive of PDP which conducted the primary that led to the emergence of lawmakers as illegal.
But the lawmakers insisted that the primary election that produce them as candidates for the 2015 general elections was conducted by the National Secretariat of PDP as required by law and not the Anambra chapter of the PDP as being insinuated.
Chief Okafor (SAN ) who is a lawyer to the lawmakers said that the judgment did not in any way affect the validity of their election.
He cited two judgments of the Supreme Court to support his argument that the lawmakers were not removed by the judgment.
He said: “In two remarkable pronouncements, the Supreme Court of Nigeria eloquently held that no list other than that forwarded by the National Executive of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) shall be countenanced by the Commission.
Senator Andy Uba
“In EMEKA v. OKADIGBO (2012) 18 NWLR (Part 1331) 55 at 87 Paras H-C the court held thus:-
‘A diligent reading of the above reveals that it is the National Executive Committee of the PDP that is responsible for the conduct of the party’s National Assembly primaries. The Court of Appeal was correct. There can only be one valid primary and that is the primaries conducted …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper