Court Reaffirms Ifeanyi Ubah’s Sack From Senate

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting at Kubwa, on Friday, declined to set-aside its judgement that nullified the election of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Peoples Party, YPP.

The court had on April 11, 2019, had nullified Ifeanyi Ubah’s victory for allegedly using a forged National Examination Council certificate to contest the senatorial election that held in Anambra South on February 23, 2019.

The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Ubah and issue a fresh one to Dr Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party who came 2nd at the election.

However, On December 4, 2019, the court ordered all the parties, including the INEC to maintain status-quo after Ubah filed for a stay of execution, with a claim that he and his legal team were not served with the court processes nor hearing notice with respect to the suit.

On December 4, Justice Kawu granted an order of stay of execution restraining the Senate President from swearing in Uzoh , pending the hearing and determination of Ubah’s application.

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The judge also ordered all parties to the suit including the INEC to maintain status quo in the meantime.

But in a fresh ruling on Friday, Justice Kawu held that Senator Ubah’s application seeking the dismissal of the court’s judgement lacked merit and accordingly dismissed it.

The judge also dismissed an application filed by another claimant to the PDP senatorial ticket, Chief Chris Uba, who sought to be joined as an interested party in the substantive suit.

13th April 2024
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