..says election of March 28, 2015 no longer alive
By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA- Registered political parties, yesterday, called on the Chairman of the Independent National electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu to proceed with its planned conduct of the Anambra Central Senatorial election slated for January 12, 2018 without further delay.
Operating under the aegis of Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, the parties urged INEC to defy all odds and see to the successful conduct of Appeal Court ordered fresh elections in Anambra Central Senatorial district on the assigned date.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, the Secretary General of CNPP, Chief Willy Ezugwu asked the INEC to ignore the drama played out at the Federal High Court Abuja, which returned Dr. Obiora Okonkwo as senator for Anambra Central Senatorial District.
The parties said, “The Federal High Court is inferior to the Court of appeal under our Constitution. The Federal High Court is incapable of returning Dr. Obiora okonkwo as Senator, when the election in question is no longer alive, having been nullified by the Court of Appeal since December 7, 2015.”
“The CNPP is aware that just recently, November 20, 2017, the Court of appeal Division in two separate judgments allowed the appeal of the Appellants and set aside the decision of the Federal High Court delivered on February 29, 2016 which ordered INEC to include PDP in the court ordered re-run/fresh election for Anambra Central Senatorial District.
It said, in both judgments, the Court of Appeal in clear terms ordered INEC “To conduct a fresh election in Anambra Central Senatorial District within 90 days from today without the participation of the 1st Respondent (i.e PDP) and its candidate.
“The CNPP is aware that in compliance with the Court of appeal judgments of November 20, 2017 aforesaid, INEC has scheduled the Court Ordered fresh election in Anambra Central Senatorial District to hold on January 13, 2018.
“In the light of the three decisions of the Court of Appeal ode ring INEC to conduct fresh elections in Anambra Central Senatorial district, within 90 days, the CNPP sees te recent judgment of the Federal High Court Abuja obtained by Dr. Obiora Okonkwo as an attempt by the High court to flesh muscles with the Court of appeal.
“This is an unconstitutional anomaly of Courts in Nigeria established under section 6 (6) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) is clear and unambiguous.”
“in conclusion, the CNPP calls on INEC to bear in mind that there are about 13 political parties preparing to participate in the court ordered fresh election already fixed by the Commission to hold January 13, 2018 in Anambra Central Senatorial District.
“Consequently, the CNPP urges INEC in strong terms to ensure that the enemies of our democracy do not prevail in their nefarious plot to abort the conduct of the fresh election of January 13, 2018 and permanently deny Anambra Central Senatorial district a representative in the 8th Senate.”