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Supreme Court Orders Immediate Replacement for Sacked Senators, Oduah, Ubah, Others


A panel of Nigeria’s Supreme Court of Nigeria sitting in Abuja, on Friday, has ordered replacement for the sacked Senators and members of the House of Representatives from Anambra State.
The decision, which swept away a host of lawmakers from Anambra State, including the Senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District, Stella Oduah and her counterpart representing Anambra South Senatorial District, Andy Ubah, affected members of the House of Representatives elected on the ticket of the PDP.
A faction of PDP in the state led by Ejike Oguebego had sued on behalf of themselves and others including Chief Chris Uba, who is the Anambra South Senatorial Zone candidate for the apex court to determine who were the legal and validly nominated candidates of the party to stand for the last general elections for the party in the state.
Oguebego had in his Motion on Notice pursuant to Sec 17 of the Court of App Act 2004 and Order 4 Rule 6 of Court of Ap¬peal Rules 2011 seeking an order for stay of execution of the Court of Appeal verdict of Feb 6,2015 in suit ref CA/A/737/201 PDP vs Oguebego and 3 others, pending final determination of appeal brought by Oguebego and Okoye at the Supreme Court.
Oguebego and others also were seeking an order of injunction restraining the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission or any of their agents whatsoever from implementing the Court of Appeal verdict of Feb 6, 2015, pending the determination of the appeal before the Supreme Court, and or any other order the court may deem necessary.
The applicants also sought an order for accelerated hearing of the appeal in order not to render the outcome a mere academic exercise.
Oguebego exco loyal to the leadership of Chief Chris Uba had in concert with party and INEC, organized primaries where Chris Uba, Annie Okonkwo and John Emeka emerged the Anambra South, Central and North respectively.
Meanwhile, Charles Odedo (Idemili), Emma Nweke (Awka), Julius Ofoma (Nnewi), Tony Offiah (Aguata) amongst others emerged candidates for the House of Representatives.
Besides Andy Uba and Stella Oduah, others who are to vacate their seats, include Anayo Nnebe (Awka), Obinna Chidoka (Idemili), Eucharia Azodo (Aguata), Lynda Ikpeazu (Onitsha), Emeka Anohu (Ihiala) amongst four others.
The Supreme Court verdict today swept out a whole line of political co-travellers akin to what was first witnessed in Katsina State few years ago where a whole line-up of ‘elected’ officials were swept aside vide a court verdict.
Chris Uba, younger brother to Andy Uba, and Prince Emeka are expected to take over seats vacated by Andy Uba and Stella Oduah respectively.
Former Senator Annie Okonkwo is in line to represent the PDP in a forthcoming election to fill a senatorial seat held by Uche Ekwunife who was sacked last December by the Court of Appeal.
Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court upheld an earlier decision by Justice Chukwu of the Federal High Court laying out the proper procedures for selection of the PDP’s legislative candidates.
In December 2014, the Federal High Court had ruled that it was only the constitutionally recognized state party leadership that could organize the party primaries.
The Supreme Court’s ruling today, reaffirmed the High Court’s verdict, declaring that the Ejike Oguebego-led PDP executive had the sole right to hold the primaries in Anambra State.

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