Justice Anwuli Chikere

The fight for the Anambra Central senatorial election between the immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh, and a former Anambra State governor, Mr. Peter Obi, has taken a new turn with a non-governmental organisation (NGO) petitioning the National Judicial Council (NJC) against Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court in Abuja for ruling that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) be represented in the election.

The NGO demanded the NJC to investigate Justice Chikere so as to restore public confidence in the judiciary.

In the petition dated May 1 and addressed to the NJC Chairman, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, who is Nigeria’s Chief Justice, the group described as worrisome Justice Chikere’s order to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on March 1 that the PDP be included in the election which was scheduled to hold on March 5 even after its candidate in the original election, Ekwunife “had been disqualified and she had left the party.”

The ruling disrupted the election meant to find a successor to Mrs. Uche Ekwunife who had last December 7 been ordered by the Court of Appeal to vacate her Senate seat as representative of Anambra Central on the PDP platform because she did not participate in the primaries leading to the emergence of the party’s candidate in last year’s general elections.

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