Monday, August 1, 2016

PDP sues for nullification of Ogah’ Certificate of Return

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has filed a suit at the Federal High Court Abuja, against Uche Ogah and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), seeking the nullification of the certificate of return issued to Ogah by INEC on the grounds of false statement, stressing that the election that produced the governor of Abia State in the 2015 election was the April 25 election and not the April 11 election which INEC declared inconclusive.

PDP, which said that the certificate of return issued to Ogah is null and void and of no effect, is also seeking an order of perpetual injunction restraining Ogah and his agents from parading the invalid certificate of return issued to him by INEC and from being sworn in on the basis of the invalid certificate of return, in respect of the inconclusive election of April 11, 2015.

The party further argued that Governor Ikpeazu contested and won the Abia State governorship election held on April 11 and April 25, 2015 as the candidate of the PDP, and was sworn in as the elected governor of Abia State on May 29 2015.

In the originating summons filed by Dr. Paul Ananaba, counsel to the PDP, the party among other issues for determination, is asking the court to answer the following questions:
“Whether the information on the certificate of rerun dated June 28, 2016 and issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to Dr. Sampson Uchechukwu Ogah on June 30, 2016, stating that Dr. Sampson Uchechukwu Ogah of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been elected to the office of Governor of Abia State at the election held on April 11, 2015 is false, since INEC declared the governorship election of that date inconclusive, that is, no conclusive governorship election was held in Abia State on April 11, 2015 and no candidate of PDP or of any other political party at the said election including Dr. Sampson Uchechukwu Ogah was ever returned as elected at the said election declared as inconclusive by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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