Supreme Court sacks three senators and 11 Reps from Anambra

Chukwumerije Aja, Abuja

Nigerian Supreme Court judges in a recent group photo with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

The Supreme Court in Nigeria on Friday, sacked Senators Andy Uba, Stella Oduah and Uche Ekwunife and eleven(11) other members of the House of Representatives representing Anambra State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party over issues arising from a pre-election matter.

Delivering judgment, Justice Binta Ogunbiyi held that the lawmakers were illegally foisted on the PDP by an unrecognised state executive of the party led by Mr. Chukwudi Okasa.

Ogunbiyi held that the Chief Ejike Oguebego-led executive was the only constitutionally recognised leadership of the PDP to conduct the state party’s primaries.

Ogunbiyi ruled that the candidates who emerged from the primaries conducted by the Oguebego-led group were the true representatives from Anambra state to occupy the vacant seats.

“The decision of the apex court is done to restore justice and discourage impunity in the polity. The judgment also lays out the proper procedures for selection of political parties legislative candidates,’’ she said.

With the ruling, Mr. Chris Uba, Mr. Andy Uba’s younger brother and Prince John Emeka are expected to take over the seats vacated by Uba and Oduah respectively.

It would be recalled that in December 2014, a Federal High Court had ruled that the Ejike Oguebego-led executive was the only constitutionally recognised leadership of the party in Anambra state that could conduct the PDP primaries.

 

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