Wednesday, February 24

Oduah, Uba, Others Remain Elected as Federal Lawmakers - Supreme Court

Oduah, Uba, Others Remain Elected as Federal Lawmakers - Supreme Court

Senators Andy Uba (Left), Stella Oduah (Right)

It is happiness galore for Senators Andy Uba and Stella Oduah, including some members of the PDP Anambra State chapter after the Supreme Court ruling approved their election.

Stella Oduah, Andy Uba and other lawmakers elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in Anambra state as federal lawmakers have nothing to worry about anymore after the Supreme Court declined to interpret a judgment it gave on January 29 involving the chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra state.

This comes after many had said the Supreme Court sacked the two senators.

The court held that it did not have the jurisdiction to review any judgment it had given. The court said the judgment it earlier delivered had nothing to do with the two senators.

”The judgement of this court is final as reflected in the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria (as amended).
“On the whole I hold the view that this court has no jurisdiction to entertain this motion from Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). This matter is hereby struck out.”

Explaining further, the court said it only dispensed with the case of leadership of the PDP in Anambra state, and not matters regarding the lawmakers’ seats. The court submitted that issue of primary election as regards the emergence of the lawmakers as candidates of the PDP for the national assembly election was not included in the appeal that came before it.

The supreme court pointed out that it had ruled on many occasions that only the national executive of a party could send a list of candidates to INEC for an election, and that since the electoral body admitted that it was the national executive of the PDP that nominated the lawmakers, and not a caretaker committee, there was no contest in the matter.

It would be recalled that INEC had filed a case at the apex court seeking clarification of the January 29 ruling of the court, which reinstated Ejike Oguebego as the chairman of PDP Anambra state chapter.

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