Andy Uba and Stella Oduah approach the Supreme Court for clarification of judgment; Controversy trails the Supreme Court ruling on Anambra lawmakers; You can’t withdraw our certificates of return – Andy Uba, Oduah, others tell INEC . . .
Uba, Oduah approach Supreme Court for clarification of judgment
Indications emerged at the weekend that the nine federal lawmakers representing Anambra State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the National Assembly, including Senators Andy Uba and Stella Oduah may return to the Supreme Court this week for clarification regarding their status with respect to its judgment on the leadership crisis rocking the party in the state.
Interestingly, Chief Chris Ubah, John Emeka, Annie Okonkwo and others on the list of Ejike Oguebego-led national executive of the party, who got judgment of the Supreme Court, have approached the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue them Certificates of Return as elected senators and House of Representatives members for Anambra State.
Already, Uba and Oduah have written to INEC insisting that the judgment did not affect their seats in the National Assembly.
Andy Uba and Oduah had faulted the assumptions that the Supreme Court judgment effectively removed them from office, arguing that they were not party in the suit, which basically had to deal with issues of leadership crisis in Anambra PDP.
Controversy Trails S’Court Ruling On Anambra Lawmakers
Decisions by the Supreme Court are supposed to be final and binding on all parties in any legal tussle, and yesterday’s ruling by the apex court shouldn’t be an exception. There are indications, however, that the dust may not have settled over the pronouncement that sacked three senators and 11 members of the House of Representatives representing Anambra State in the National Assembly.
The senators are: Andy Uba (Anambra South) Stella Oduah (Anambra North) and Uche Ekwunife (Anambra Central). The House of Representatives members include Comrade Tony Nwoye (Anambra East/West); Anayo Nnebe (Awka); Obinna Chidoka (Idemili); Lynda Ikpeazu (Onitsha North/ South); Emeka Anohu (Ihiala); Eucharia Azodo (Aguata); Chris Azubogu(Nnewi); and Chukwuka Onyema (Ogbaru).
According to a letter written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the affected lawmakers said the judgment does not impair the validity of their elections.
‘You can’t withdraw our certificates of return’ – Andy Uba, Oduah, others tell INEC
Senators Andy Uba and Stella Oduah as well as seven Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives members from Anambra State have written a letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), dismissing reports that they were sacked by the Supreme Court on Friday.
Mr. Arthur Obi Okafor (SAN), counsel to Uba (Anambra South); Oduah (Anambra North) and Reps Lynda Ikpeazu, Anayo Nnebe, Tony Nwoye, Chris Azubogu, Chukwuka Onyema, Obinna Chidoka and Eucharia Azodo, in the letter, asked the Commission not to be misled by reports to withdraw their Certificates of Return.
They said nowhere in its ruling did the apex court sack them and that the thrust of the verdict was that the national leadership, not the state executive of the PDP had authority over the submission of candidates’ names for National Assembly elections.
Many news outlets had interpreted the Supreme Court’s recognition of the Ejike Oguebego-led executive council of the party in the state as the authentic one.
The primaries it conducted produced candidates other than those now representing the state in the National Assembly.
The other faction, led by Augustine Akobundo and backed by the national leadership of the PDP, submitted its own list containing the names of the nine lawmakers and Uche Ekwunife to INEC.