9 October 2013

Nigeria: Anambra Guber - PDP, INEC Sued Over Ukachukwu's Nomination

Two members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State have taken the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), PDP and three others to a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to challenge the nomination of Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu as the flagbearer of the PDP in the Anambra State governorship election.

The plaintiffs are challenging the process through which Ukachukwu emerged as the candidate of the party.

Emmanuel Nwosu and Charles Odunukwe, who approached the court through their lawyer, Abel Ozioko, in the originating summons, are contending that Ukachukwu was nominated as the party's candidate for the November 16 governorship election through a court order, rather than a congress as provided by Section 177(c) of the 1999 Constitution and sections 87 and 31(1) of the Electoral Act 2010.

Other defendants in the suit are Nicholas Ukachukwu, Tony Nwoye and Andy Uba.

In the suit, the plaintiffs further claim that the candidate and the other aspirants, including Nwoye and Uba, who went to court after the August 24 primaries, breached an agreement reached by all stakeholders not to go to court over the nomination of any of the aspirants.

They are praying the court to compel INEC to include and allow any other candidates other than Ukachukwu, Nwoye and Uba to participate in the governorship election.

Apart from seeking a disciplinary action against Ukachukwu and Uba by the PDP for alleged "anti-party activities," they also want the court to declare that only the party has the prerogative to select and sponsor another candidate after Nwoye, who won the primary, was disqualified.

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