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DISMISSAL FROM SENATE: Appeal Court reserves ruling in Ubah’s appeal

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Senator Ifeanyi Ubah’s hope of being reinstated as a senator has suffered a setback.

This followed the decision of the Court of Appeal, sitting in Abuja, to reserve ruling in Ubah’s appeal against the ruling of a lower court that sacked him as a senator.

Ubah, a member of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), is challenging his dismissal as senator representing Anambra South senatorial district, in the 9th Senate.

There were expectations that a three-man panel of justices of the appellate court, led by Justice Stephen Adah, would on Thursday, deliver judgment on the matter.

But that did not happen as the panel reserved its ruling on the appeal.

The panel said it would communicate a fresh date for the judgment on the appeal to all the parties concerned.

At the court on Thursday, counsel to the dismissed senator, adopted his written address and urged the court to sustain their appeal.

Also counsels to two of the respondents adopted their written addresses but prayed the court to dismiss the appeal on the argument that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the appeal and that it is status barred.

Ubah was sacked by Justice Bello Kawu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting at Kubwa, as a senator on the premise that he allegedly used a forged National Examination Council (NECO) certificate to contest the senatorial election that held in Anambra South on February 23, 2019.

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Kawu had in the judgment asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return it issued to Senator Ubah and issue a fresh one to Dr Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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