July 8, 2016

Anambra PDP crisis: Court declines to sack Ubah, Oduah from Senate

Stella Oduah dumps APC for PDP

Aviation Minister, Princes Stella Oduah taking the oath before presenting her position beforte the House Committee on aviation during the Public Hearing on the procurement of two BMW Bullet-Proof cars by the NCAA at the National Assembly, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA – The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Friday, dismissed a suit that sought to remove Senators Andy Ubah and Stella Oduah from the National Assembly.

Senator Stella Oduah

Senator Stella Oduah

The court, in a judgment by Justice Ademola Adeniyi dismissed as lacking in merit, the suit that was lodged by Mr. Annie Okwonkwo, Chris Ubah and 42 others.

The plaintiffs had through their counsel, Chief Asam Asam, SAN, gone to court with a view to invalidating the nomination process that led to the emergence of Ubah, Oduah and the others.

Cited as defendants in the matter were the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ubah, Oduah and 15 lawmakers in the National Assembly and Anambra State House of Assembly.

While deciding the case yesterday, Justice Ademola noted that the plaintiffs’ claim was that they were the rightfully nominated candidate of the PDP in the National and State House of Assembly elections that held in March and April, 2015.

The court however observed that the plaintiffs emerged through a primary election that was sanctioned by the state executives of the PDP in Anambra.