A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, has set aside the judgment that pronounced Obiora Okonkwo winner of the Anambra Central Senatorial District election in March 2015.
Justice John Tsoho who delivered the judgment on Friday, January 12, set aside the order of December 13, 2017, on the grounds that the facts were presented in such a manner to mislead the court on the two (2) earlier decisions of the Abuja Court of Appeal on the matter.
Though Okonkwo claims he was not a party to the two appeals, Justice Tsoho, however, maintained that his political party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was party to the suits, which are binding on him.
Justice Tsoho held that in order of precedence and hierarchy, the appellate court takes precedence over the high court.
In December 2014, Okonkwo filed a suit of pre-election matter following his substitution with Uche Ekwunife as the PDP candidate at the December 7, 2014, primary.
Okonkwo stressed in the suit that the action was against the provisions of subsection 4 (c) (ii) of Section 87 of the Electoral Act, 2010, and Part V Par. 29(c)(e) and (g) of the Electoral Guidelines for Primary Elections 2014 of the PDP.
Meanwhile, the judgment of the Abuja Federal High Court is coming a day to the re-run election in Anambra Central Senatorial District which will be conducted by Nigeria’s electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The Commission said fourteen (14) candidates would participate in the January 13 re-run election in Anambra Central Senatorial District.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Nkwachukwu Orji, made the disclosure during a stakeholders’ meeting in Awka on Wednesday, January 10.
The INEC official said a total of 7,670 ad-hoc workers would conduct the election in 1,548 polling units.
The election would hold in Awka North, Awka South, Idemili North, Idemili South, Anaocha, Njikoka and Dunukofia local government areas.