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Anambra Election: Appeal Court Adjourns Ruling On Ozigbo, Uba’s Case

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THE Court of Appeal Enugu Division, on Wednesday, adjourned its ruling on the appeal brought before it by Mr. Valentine Ozigbo and the Peoples Democratic Party against Senator Ugochukwu Uba & two others.

Uba had in July instituted a suit against the PDP, its candidate, Valentine Ozigbo and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), challenging Ozigbo’s candidature for the November 6, 2021 governorship election in Anambra State.

Following the institution of the suit by  Uba, Justice Nwabunike granted an ex parte injunction restraining INEC from recognising Ozigbo and also abridged the time within which the defendants are legally obliged to file their defence from 42 days to three days.

The judge proceeded with the hearing of the llaintiff’s case and delivering judgement which was not in favour of the PDP and Ozigbo.

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Ozigbo, however, appealed the judgment with an application for a stay of execution that was granted by the Court of Appeal on Monday, August 2, 2021.

During Monday’s sitting at the Court of Appeal, the attention of the panel of vacation Justices which was presided by Honourable Justice Dongban Mensa, the President of the Court of Appeal, was drawn by Mr Alex Ejesieme, SAN, the lead Counsel to Mr Valentine Ozigbo to some motions filed in the course of instituting the suit, which events have however overtaken.

The particular motions were sought to be withdrawn and the court obliged the PDP and subsequently struck them out.

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The Court of Appeal, thereafter, adjourned for judgment on a date to be communicated to the parties.

Ozigbo and Uba have been involved in several legal battles over who is the legitimate candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State. Due to their legal tussle, INEC is yet to publish any name as PDP’s candidate for the election.

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