September 29, 2009

Appeal Court adjourns Uba’s suit for validation of mandate

By Tony Edike

ENUGU—THE Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu, yesterday adjourned further hearing in the application by the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in the 2007 election in Anambra state, Chief Andy Uba, in which he is seeking to actualize his tenure as the Governor of the state by virtue of the April 2007 election, at the expiration of Governor Peter Obi’s tenure on March 17, 2010.

Insisting that he was validly elected Governor during the 2007 polls in the state, Chief Uba is praying the appellate court to stop the conduct of the proposed February 6, 2010 governorship election in Anambra state and instead he be sworn in to serve out his term, which should run from March 17, 2010 to March 17, 2014.

The case which came up for hearing yesterday, was however, adjourned to October 13,  following receipt of an application from Chief Nwafor Orizu (SAN), counsel to the first respondent in the case and a governorship aspirant of the PDP in Anambra, Chief Nicholas Ukachukwu, who had earlier filed an application for adjournment of the case pending the ruling of the Supreme Court in his application seeking for an order that election be conducted in the state on February 6,  next year.