By Vivian Okejeme
The Supreme Court, yesterday affirms the election of Senator Ifeanyi Uba as the lawmaker representing Anambra South Senatorial District in the 2019 election.
The apex court by the verdict, dismissed the appeals brought by Chief Chris Uba and Dr Obinna Uzor challenging the said election.
The five-man panel of the justices led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, had in unanimous decision held that the High Court Of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) lacks the territorial jurisdiction to determine a matter.
The panel aligned with the Senator who canvassed that FCT High Court lacks the territorial jurisdiction to entertain a cause of action emanated from Anambra State and not the FCT.
The petitioners had through their Counsel Chief Akin Olujimi, SAN for Uba, and Chino Obiagwu, SAN for Uzor, prayed the Apex court to set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal which had voided the Judgment Of Justice Bello Kawu of the FCT High Court.
They, therefore asked the court to allow their appeal on the grounds that the FCT High Court has territorial jurisdiction over pre-election matters among other issues raised in the appeal as according to them what determines the cause of action is the originating process.
In his defense, Sen. Uba, through his counsel Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, urged the apex court to dismiss the appeals on the grounds that FCT High Court lacks the territorial jurisdiction to entertain a cause of action that emanated from Anambra State and not the FCT.
Shortly after the verdict Senator Ifeanyi Ubah dedicated the Judgment to God who he said has brought him thus far just as he stated that decision coincided with the wife, Uche Ubah’s birthday describing the victory as double celebration.
Reacting to the judgment of the Supreme Court, he said, ”I give God all the glory that this has come to pass, I dedicate this victory to God and the people of Anambra South who have stood by me through all this trial.
‘’I equally dedicate this victory to my dear Wife, Uche whose birthday is today. We can settle down to deliver on our electoral promises to my constituents. I thank the Justices of the Supreme for standing for truth and Justice. This is has once again shown that our Justices cannot be intimidated.’’