… Tribunal yet to decide winner of Okigwe Senate
… S/C yet to rule on APC Candidate
… INEC confused with court orders.
Controversies surrounding the winner of Okigwe zone Senatorial election held last December has rekindled the mourning of late Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu by Okigwe Zone people as no one can say with certainty when the issues surrounding the said election would be resolved by various courts.
This is even as the 9th Senate would be winding up by May 2023, which hitherto implies that the remaining tenure for any of the candidates that finally emerges the winner of the Okigwe zone senate is two years and two months.
At the time of filing this report, Lead gathered that the candidates of both the PDP Chris Okewulonu, the APGA candidate, Charles Onyirimba, as well as the APC candidates, Senator Araraume and Frank Ibezim were at the election petition tribunal.
In addition to the matter before the Tribunal which centers on the winner of the December 5th Senatorial election, the Federal High Court in Abuja had few days ago, ordered INEC to issue certificate of Returns to Senator Araraume as the candidate and winner of the said December 5 election.
While INEC was yet to be served the court judgment which hitherto ordered it to issue the said certificate to Araraume, another order of the High Court from Owerri again ordered INEC not to issue, Araraume with the said certificate of Returns.
Information from the INEC revealed that the commission is fraught with confusion over series of court orders and judgments hence restored to consultations.
The High Court judgment from Owerri which stopped the issuance of certificate of Returns to Araraume has attracted varying reactions amongst lawyers.
While some lawyers are of the opinion that the Owerri High Court judgment stopping the issuance of certificate of Returns to Araraume was given in error given section 251 of the 1999 constitution which hitherto spells out the jurisdictions of the High Courts, others are in support of the said injunction.
In addition to the following, the Supreme Court of Nigeria is also yet to give judgment on who is the candidate of the APC in the said election.
Yesterday, March 23, this paper gathered that Supreme Court sitting in Abuja reserved judgment on the actual candidate of the APC.
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