Obiora Okonkwo

A Federal High Court in Abuja has set aside the judgement declaring Obiora Okonkwo winner of the March, 2015 Anambra Central Senatorial District election.

Justice John Tsoho Friday set aside the order of December 13, 2017 on the grounds that the facts were presented in such a manner as to mislead the court on the two earlier decisions of the Court of Appeal in Abuja on the matter.

Justice Tsoho said despite Okonkwo claim that he was not a party to the two appeals, his political party, the PDP was party to the suits, which are binding on him, adding that in order of precedence and hierarchy, the appellate courts takes precedent over the high court.

Okonkwo, had in December, 2014 filed the suit aa pre-election matter following his substitution with Uche Ekwunife as the PDP candidate at the primary of December 7, 2014.

He said the action is against the provisions of sub-section 4 (c) (ii) of Section 87 of the Electoral Act, 2010, and Part V Par. 29(c)(e) and (g) of the Electoral Guidelines for Primary Elections 2014 of the PDP.

INEC had fixed Saturday January 13 to hold the re-run election, which will involve the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and other political parties.

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