An Anambra State High Court sitting in Awka has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to list Senator Ugochukwu Uba as the Anambra governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ruling in a matter brought before the court by Senator Ugochukwu Uba against Valentine Ozigbo on Anambra chapter of PDP and the INEC, Justice Obiora Nwabunike said Uba’s faction of the party held their primary election in line with the guideline of the party and should be listed as the governorship candidate.
The party also awarded a cost of N10 million against Ozigbo and PDP, to be paid to Uba as a cost of litigation.
Naija News reports that this is coming hours after the Federal High Court in Awka ordered INEC to publish the name of Ozigbo as the candidate of the PDP for the November 6 election.
Recll that Ozigbo had approached a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Maitama seeking an order restraining the PDP from “tampering” with his name as the authentic candidate.
He also sought an order “mandating” INEC to publish his name as the party’s candidate.
However, the court refused all the orders sort and ordered the electoral commission not to publish the name of any candidate for the PDP pending the determination of the motion on notice.
Consequently, INEC excluded the candidate of the PDP from the list of cleared candidates for the poll.
But in a fresh order issued on Monday, the judge in Awka, Hyeladzira Nganjiwa, asked the electoral commission to publish Ozigbo’s name as PDP’s candidate, following the withdrawal of the suit at the FCT high court.