Group petitions European Union on Anambra election

Vin Oliji, Abuja

The Committee of Anambra, which is part of the state branch of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,  has urged to the European Union, to  appeal to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to comply with the Supreme Court order on the election of the House of Representatives held in Anambra state on 5th December, 2015.
In a statement submitted at the EU commission office in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital,  on Wednesday, the group stated that the INEC has for more than sixty days after the Supreme Court judgment on the out come of the election, refused to obey the court order.
“Our appeal to the Supreme Court was decided on 29th January and the appeal succeeded, setting aside the decision of the Court of Appeal and upholding the judgment of the Federal High Court. We wrote INEC requesting them to comply with the decision of the court that upheld the earlier judgment of the federal high court which brought our names in as the duly elected candidates for the election, “ the statement said.
A statement signed by  the complainants, Mr. Emmanuel Nweke, Mr. Benedict Obaze, Mrs. Uchenna Obi, Mr. Charles Odedo , Mr. Anthony Offiah, Princess Ify  Anazonwu, Dr. Ejike Nwene and Mr. Julius  Ofoma  who claimed to be the House of Representatives member elect in Anambra state during the election, wondered why the INEC had refused to recognize them as the duly elected candidates for the election.
“We pray the INEC  chairman to comply with the decision of the  Supreme Court which restored the Federal High court judgment and issue us certificates of return. We contested and won the election, some people challenged us in the court but at the end, we got victory” they said.
The group had earlier in the day, staged a peaceful protest to the INEC headquarters in Abuja, where they were received and addressed by the INEC Director of Security, Mr. Sherima Ngliladar.
Mr. Ngliladar commended them for comporting themselves during the protest and assured them that he would convey their message to the appropriate authority.