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Published On: Tue, Jul 30th, 2019

Enugu: Supreme Court dismisses suit against Senator Nnamani

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By Vivian Okejeme Abuja

Supreme Court has dismissed suit brought by Sen. Gilbert Nnaji seeking disqualification of the former governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, as Senator representing Enugu East senatorial zone.
Nnaji brought the Senator before the court, challenging the decision of the Appeal court, Enugu state division.
The appellate court, had in June dismissed an appeal challenging the clearance of the Senator to contest the Enugu East Senatorial District primaries by the PDP.
The Apex court in its judgment read by Justice Mary Odili, dismissing the motion on notice held that the case was statute-barred.
“This appeal is hereby dismissed having been withdrawn by the counsel to the appellant without any objection and there shall be no order as to costs.
It will be recalled that Nnaji had in October 2018 approached an Abuja Federal High Court, asking that his name be submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as the PDP candidate for the Senatorial District.
In his argument, the complainant claimed that Nnamani was not present during the PDP screening of candidates and as such was not qualified to stand for the primary elections.
He further claimed that having come second in the election he was the rightful candidate.
The case was later transferred to Enugu on the orders of the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.
Nnamani in his defence, submitted that the suit was statute barred, adding that the course of action should have arisen after the PDP screening which Nnaji claimed Senator Nnamani did not attend.

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