Daily Trust (Abuja)

9 October 2013

Nigeria: INEC Dragged to Court Over Anambra PDP Ticket

Two members of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Anambra State have dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC,)

the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and three others before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja seeking to nullify Nicholas Ukachukwu's nomination as the flag bearer of the party in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.

The duo based their grievances on the ground that Ukachukwu was not validly selected by the party.

The plaintiffs, Emmanuel Nwosu and Charles Odunukwe had through their counsel, Abel Ozioko filed the originating summons where they 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.

Also joined as respondents are, Nicholas Ukachukwu, Tony Nwoye and Andy Uba.

The plaintiffs further claim that the candidate and the other aspirants including Tony Nwoye and Andy 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 therefore prayed the court to compel INEC to include and allow any other candidates other than Ukachukwu, Nwoye and Uba to participate in the governorship election.

Besides 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.

It is recalled that Justice S. A. Aliyu of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt had on September 17 disqualified Tony Nwoye as the PDP governorship candidate and further directed INEC to name Ukachukwu, who came second in the primary, as the party candidate.

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