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A Federal High Court sitting in Kubwa, Abuja has sacked Senator representing Anambra South, Ifeanyi Uba.

Bello Kawu, the judge, ordered that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) withdraw the certificate of return issued to Ubah and should issue a fresh certificate to Obinna Uzoh, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the senator elect of the district.

Recall that the court had in 2019 given the same pronouncement in the suit filed by Uzoh challenging Ubah’s victory on the grounds that he (Ubah) presented an alleged forged National Examination Council (NECO) certificate to INEC.

Ukah has since approached the court to set aside the judgment, saying he was not given the right to fair hearing.

He at the time denied being served with the court process nor hearing notice in the suit, before the court delivered the judgment against him.

A stay of execution was ordered by the judge on December 4, stopping the senate president from swearing in Uzoh, pending the hearing and determination of the motion challenging the verdict.

In a ruling on Ubah’s application at the resumed court session on Friday, the judge held that his application to vacate its judgment lacked merit, and accordingly it was dismissed.

In another motion brought by Chris Uba, claimant to the PDP senatorial ticket, seeking to be joined as an interested party in the substantive suit marked CV/3044/2018, was also dismissed.

Recall that the federal high court had sacked Uba since December 17 and has only upheld its decision.

Ubah however told journalists that he is still the senator representing Anambra south because the election petition tribunal and the appeal court had affirmed his election.

He said the case at the FCT high court is a pre-election matter that the court has no jurisdiction over.

He also promised to appeal the judgement in a higher court of law.

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