A Federal High Court in Abuja, Friday, upheld the candidacy of former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, Senator Andy Ubah and others for last year’s national and state legislative elections in Anambra State.
In his verdict, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, stressed that the list of candidates, containing the name of Oduah, Andy Ubah and others, submitted to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the People’s Democratic Party was the authentic list of candidates.
The judgment was on a suit by Senator Annie Okonkwo, Chukwunedum Chris Ubah and 42 others, who were listed as candidates in the list submitted to INEC by the Abia State Executive Committee of the PDP.
The plaintiffs had among others, challenged the decision of INEC to substitute their names earlier published on INEC’s website prior to the election with those contained in the list submitted to it by the party’s NEC.
They urged the court to void INEC’s decision to replace their names with those of Oduah, AndyUbah and others.
In his judgment Friday, Justice Ademola resolved the four issues he identified for determination against the plaintiff.
The judge faulted the plaintiffs’ contention that INEC having published their names first, it could not replace them with a list of other people without a valid order of court.