Fidelity bank banner Bayelsa State banner
Appeal Court okays Anambra senatorial re-run election

By Martins Odeh on 12/01/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 490


The Court of Appeal on Thursday in Abuja dismissed a motion seeking to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from conducting the re-run election into the Anambra Central Senatorial District.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Abubakar Yahaya held that the earlier order made last November 20 directing INEC to conduct election for the senatorial seat within 90 days could not be reversed as such action was not recognised by the court’s practice direction, adding that the panel would not succumb to an invitation to make mockery of the judiciary.

“The court hereby refuses to grant the request for the postponement of the election already scheduled for Saturday,’’ the judge held.

Yahaya also said that the court could not compel INEC to make any undertaken to postpone the election over an application that was not ripe for hearing.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we have not restrained INEC from conducting the election as ordered by this court on November 20, 2017,” Yahaya affirmed.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Senator Annie Okonkwo, an aggrieved aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, had approached the appellate court with the application.

Okonkwo had sought for leave to appeal against the November 20, 2017 decision of the court of appeal, which ordered INEC to conduct a re-run election in that senatorial district within 90 days.

He claimed that he was interested in challenging the decision of the appellate court last year as a senatorial aspirant.

He, however, averred that the application could not be entertained because most parties joined in the application were not served with the court processes.

In order to meander this legal tight corner, Okonkwo then applied for an adjournment to enable him effect service on all the parties.

Worried that he could lose out since the election had been slated for this Saturday, the applicant filed a motion seeking the court to bar INEC from holding the election pending the determination of his appeal.

Okonkwo's counsel, Chief Solomon Umoh (SAN) urged the court to compel INEC’s counsel, Mr Tanimu Inuwa to make an undertaken in the open court that INEC would not go ahead with the election having been aware of his pending application.

The counsel for INEC immediately objected to the request on the ground that huge public fund had been expended on preparation for the poll.

He also said that he did not have the powers to make any undertaken to postpone the poll because of the subsisting appeal court judgment of November 20. (NAN)

Source News Express

Posted 12/01/2018 12:45:33 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25 minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

 

You may also like...
Kwara students protest non-payment of bursary

Nigeria, Algeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Cameroon favoured...

Diamond Bank records stable growth in H1

Liberia’s Supreme Court halts presidential run-off

FG urges new approach to tackle cancer

Crisis hits P-Square, manager (elder brother) sacked

Boko Haram beheads two in new video

Keyamo, others plotting to destabilise Delta State —Group...

Foundation seeks court order to arrest Amaechi, Onu...

ACF takes on Dokubo, Tompolo, Boy Loaf over...

Ex-presidential candidate jailed for child trafficking

Skye Bank Chairman strikes again, acquires Ascot Offshore...

 

Latest News Gunmen abduct, gang-rape 5 activists at gunpoint UPDATE: DSS Operatives storm Senator Abaribe's Abuja home 9 Shiite members in police net over killing of policeman Judge’s withdrawal stalls Innoson’s arraignment 2 siblings docked over alleged kidnap of 3-year-old boy Police lied; we didn’t attack anyone — Islamic Movement of Nigeria 14 docked for cultism, arms possession in Ogun Oyo Govt seals 50 companies over non-payment of tax Court refuses to order forfeiture of funds in accounts without BVN Don’t allow politicians to use you, CJN advises judges Buhari salutes Super Eagles over their victory against Iceland, urges them to defeat Argentina Atiku visits PDP Secretariat, reiterate commitment towards a better Nigeria

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (352,591 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (352,114 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (280,542 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (230,329 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (209,209 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (209,001 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (182,000 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (164,137 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (154,018 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (148,780 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (143,985 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (135,786 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (50) Business & Economy (3,263) Business Verdict (44) Columnists (871) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (505) Features (607) Global Business Monitor (284) International (2,047) Interview (155) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (124) News (36,411) Opinion (1,005) Pidgin (10) Politics (5,304) Religion (772) Sports (1,557) Stock Watch (30) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

Argentina vs Croatia Goals

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement