In a recent development, the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Enugu has made a significant ruling by sacking Hon. Chijioke Okereke of the Labour Party (LP) as the representative for Aninri/Awgu/Oji-River Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives. The three-man panel, led by Justice Nusirat I. Umar, has declared Chief Anayo Onwuegbu, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the rightful winner of the February 25, 2023, poll….CONTINUE READING....CONTINUE READING
Chief Onwuegbu contested the election results, alleging that Barrister Okereke was not a legitimate candidate as his name was not on the election result sheet representing the Labour Party. The tribunal has upheld this claim, stating that Okereke was not a valid candidate for the election. As a result, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been directed to issue a certificate of return to the PDP candidate.
It’s worth noting that the name of the former minority leader of the House of Representatives, Toby Okechukwu, initially appeared on the INEC list for the election. However, Okereke acquired the LP ticket from the court after Okechukwu disassociated himself from the Labour Party.
This decision follows a similar ruling where Prof. Paul Nnamchi, a Labour Party representative for Enugu East/Isi-Uzo Federal Constituency, was replaced by Hon. Prince Cornelius Nnaji of the PDP. Prince Nnaji had challenged Prof. Nnamchi’s victory, asserting that he was not duly sponsored and qualified to contest under the Labour Party. The tribunal supported this argument, leading to Prince Nnaji’s appointment as the rightful winner.
In contrast, the tribunal upheld the election of Dennis Agbo, also from the Labour Party, as the duly elected member representing Igbo-Eze North/Udenu Federal Constituency of Enugu State. The petition against his victory, brought by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Obiageli Ajih, was dismissed for being incompetent and lacking in merit.
As the legal proceedings continue, supporters of the Labour Party remain determined to fight for their candidates and contest the rulings, believing that justice will ultimately prevail….CONTINUE READING