February 18, 2016

S-COURT RULING: Uba, Okonkwo, others threaten INEC over Certificate of Return

INEC boss, Mahmood Yakubu

By Vincent Ujumadu

Awka—THE embattled candidates in the list of the Ejike Oguebego-led leadership of the Anambra State branch of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2015 national assembly elections have threatened to drag the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to court over alleged delay in issuing them Certificates of Return, following the recent Supreme Court ruling on the authentic leadership of Anambra PDP.

INEC boss, Mahmood Yakubu

Those making the threat include the self acclaimed godfather of Anambra politics, Chief Chris Uba, who wants to take over from his brother, Andy, as the senator for Anambra South, Senator Annie Okonkwo for Anambra Central, Hon. Charles Odedo for Idemili North and South Federal Constituency and Emma Nweke for Awka North and South Federal Constituency.

Others are Tony Offiah, Hon. Julius Oforma, Hon. Ifenyinwa Anazonwu, Hon. Benny Obaze, Hon. Uche Obi, and Hon. Ejike Nwene.
Apart from Senator Andy Uba, the Oguebego group wants to unseat Senator Stella Uduah, as well as Chukwuma Onyema, Eucharia Azodo, Chris Azubogu, Obinna Chidoka, Sopuluchukwu Ezeonwuka, Lynda Ikpeazu, Anayo Nnebe and Tony Nwoye, all members of the House of Representatives.

In a statement in Awka, they called on INEC to order Senators Andy Uba, Stella Oduah and other members of PDP in the House of Representatives to vacate their seats with immediate effect following the Supreme Court judgment.

The PDP candidates also threatened to drag the INEC counsel, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, to the National Judicial Council, NJC, if he failed to disqualify himself from further participation in the matter within seven days over alleged conflict of interests and urged INEC to discountenance and jettison opinions from the consortium of lawyers under its pay roll.

The statement said: “The INEC, as an umpire cannot be seen to be taking sides, but must, at all times, be in strict adherence to the law. We will be forwarding a more detailed petition against the two members of INEC consortium of lawyers to the legal practitioners’ disciplinary committee and that of the ethics and privileges committee.”