Judicial Interpretation: Supreme Court Says Stella Oduah, Andy Uba, Others Duly Elected


Nigeria (Blank NEWS Online) – 
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The Supreme Court of Nigeria has rested claims, counter-claims and doubts on he eligibility of the lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) representing Anambra state in the National Assembly by declaring them as duly elected.

The apex court’s ruling on Wednesday put an end to the controversy over whether Senators Stella Oduah and Andy Uba, as well as members of the House of Representatives should vacate their seais or not.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had requested for an interpretation of the supreme court’s judgement delivered on January 29, 2016 in favour of the Ejike Oguebego-led Executive Committee in Anambra state.

But, in its ruling delivered by Justice John Iyang Okoro, who led a five-man panel, the court held that the judgement was clear enough.

Justice Okoro said the case brought before the Apex Court was the issue of the PDP leadership in Anambra state and not on the implications and consequences of elections that were conducted during the 2015 general elections.

The Judge further held that the request sought by INEC through its Lawyer, Solomon Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, would amount to rewriting its earlier judgement even when there was no established clerical mistake.

Justice Okoro said that since the Court of Appeal was the final arbiter and had made pronouncement, there was no need to invite supreme court to make any clarification on a concluded matter that was not ambiguous.

The Apex Court also held that there was no dispute in the claim of the PDP National Executive Committee that it submitted the list of nominated candidates for National Assembly election to the INEC, having conducted the primary election in line with the PDP constitution.

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