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Published On: Tue, Jan 9th, 2018

Anambra Central rerun: Why election should not hold – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to proceed with the proposed January 13 rerun election for Anambra Central Senatorial District.
The Chairman of PDP in the state, Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu, told newsmen on Monday in Awka that the election would be a nullity as the seat in question was not vacant.
According to him, the March 2015 election and victory of the PDP had not been invalidated by any court.
The chairman advised INEC not to spend tax payers’ money on an election that would not stand the test of time.
He said the vacancy of Anambra seat in the National Assembly was internal to the PDP over who was the valid candidate, noting that the issue had been laid to rest with Dec. 13 High Court judgment.
“PDP was declared the winner in the election and certificate of return was issued to Sen. Uche Ekwunife, and she was there for more than a year.
“Her victory was contested by Chief Victor Umeh of APGA that he should have been declared winner having won the highest number of votes.
“The votes were recounted and Ekwunife’s victory was upheld before Umeh proceeded to the Court of Appeal and Sen. Ekwunife lost the seat on the grounds that she was not validly nominated.
“While the Court of Appeal ruled that there should be a rerun based on post-election matters, a Federal High Court has ruled that Dr Obiora Okonkwo of the PDP is the valid candidate of the PDP and should be sworn in,’’ Nwobu said.
“INEC should not descend into the arena because that is what its body language suggests; there is still a matter on this election in the Supreme Court.
“Why is INEC in a haste, are they an interested party? They should appeal and vacate the judgment first.
“INEC is a strong stakeholder in our democracy and an agent of government, it should remain neutral and not obey one judgment and disobey the other.
“Election is a very expensive venture; INEC should not spend tax payers’ money on a needless election, it will amount to waste of resources because based on facts, it cannot be a valid exercise,’’ he said.

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