Anambra Election: Court of Appeal declares Valentine Oziigbo PDP candidate

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, has declared Valentine Oziigbo as the authentic candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.

 

In a unanimous judgment the appellate court set aside the decision of the trial court which had earlier declared Senator Ugochukwu Uba as PDP’s candidate.

 

The unanimous decision delivered by President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, the appellate court, held that the primary election held at the professor Dora Akunyuli Women Center, Awka, which produced Ozigbo as PDP candidate, was conducted in line with the law and the PDP guidelines.

 

While declaring as an aberration the parallel primary held at saint Paul University, it berated Justice Nwabunike for sitting as an appellate court over the judgment of Justice Adeniyi of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court.

 

Justice Dongban-Mensem, while urging INEC not to allow itself to be distracted in preparation for the election, advised the Commission to wait for the decision of the final court in the land and not hurriedly rushed to comply with the judgment of trial court.

 

The panel took turn to take swipes on lawyers who enable litigants to abuse the court’s processes, stressing that relevant bodies must take decisive actions against culprits who engage in forum shopping.

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