The FCT High Court on Thursday fixed Jan.17 to rule on application filed by Senator Ifeanyi Ubah of PDP urging it to vacate a judgment entered against his election to occupy the Anambra South Senatorial Seat.
Justice Bello Kawu of the Federal High Court Sitting in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue the certificate of return to Barrister Dr. Obinna Uzoh, as the Senator-Elect for Anambra South Senatorial District.
News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Justice Bello Kawu delivered the judgment in a pre-election matter brought before him by Obinna Uzoh, also of the PDP.
Uzo had claimed that the Ubah represented a forged National Examination Council Secondary School Certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.
He averred that the document enabled his opponent to contest the Anambra South Senatorial Election.
NAN recalls that Uzoh also instituted a suit challenging the Young Progressive Party for not conducting an acceptable primary election for the senatorial election.
Uzoh, urged the court to declare him winner of the February general election following the disqualification of both candidacy of YPP and Ubah respectively.
The applicant averred that both YPP and Ubah participation in the election were not in non-compliance with the provisions of the Constitution and the Electoral Act, 2010.
Kawu, in his judgment ordered INEC to issue a Certificate of Return to the Uzoh, within 48 hours, as the duly elected Senator for Anambra South Senatorial District and being the authentic candidate of the PDP in that election.
NAN reports that Ubah, the candidate recognized by his party had scored the highest number of valid votes cast in the election.
The Judge had in the judgment also ordered the Senate President and the Clerk to the National Assembly to swear in Uzoh as the senator representing Anambra South senatorial district within 48 hours.
Meanwhile, dissatisfied by the judgment, Ubah filed an application seeking the vacation of same which he described as “nullity’’.
Ubah is contending that the judgment was entered against him in his absence.
He said the application was, therefore, predicated on the fact that he (Ubah) was allegedly not given fair hearing.
The applicant is praying that court to vacate its decision on the matter, adding that his nomination at the party’s primary was obtained in a free and fair exercise supervised by INEC officials.