An Abuja Federal High Court presided over by Justice Adeniyi Ademola has dismissed the suit filed against senators Stella Oduah, Andy Ubah and others over their validity as candidates in the 2015 National Assembly election in Anambra state.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had prayed the court to strike out the suit contesting the validity of the PDP primary election which produced the concerned senators for the 2015 elections.
In the suit, INEC argued that the suit filed by Senator Annie Okonkwo and 43 others was an outright insult to the court as the issues thrown up by the complainants had been resolved by the Supreme Court.
Through their lawyers, Chief Asam Asam SAN, Okonkwo and 43 others had instituted a case against INEC, Ubah, Oduah and 16 other lawmakers in the state and National Assembly before the Federal High Court asking the court to invalidate the nomination of the defendants.
They also sought for an order of the court stopping INEC from accepting the nomination of Oduah, Ubah and others arguing that they were not nominated by the state executive of the PDP, Mr. Ejike Oguebegu.
The plaintiffs claimed that, it was wrong in law for their names to be withdrawn from INEC’s list when they were the ones the Oguebegu-led state PDP committee, nominated and conducted primary for.
But with the latest judgment, the concerned lawmakers have a breather to remain in the legislature for now, in the absence of any appeal.
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