Ozigbo and Uba. Photo credit: Google.
The Court of Appeal Awka Division, has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to publish name of the parties in the appeal number CA/AW/223/2021 pending the final determination of the appeal.
The involved parties in the appeal are Valentine Ozigbo – Appellant and Senator Ugochukwu Uba, Independent National Electoral Commission, Peoples Democratic Party – Respondents.
The appeal is on the decision of the Anambra State High Court, sitting in Awka delivered on the 19th of July, 2021 in Suit No. A/230/2021.
The presiding Judge, Obiora Nwabunike had ordered the INEC to recognise Ugochukwu Uba as the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate for the governorship poll in the state.
He also awarded N10 million damages in favour of the plaintiff as cost of litigation.
Unsatisfied with the Anambra High Court decision, Ozigbo took the matter to the Appellate Court.
On Monday 2nd August, 2021, upon the appeal coming up for hearing and after hearing counsels for all the parties involved undertaking not to publish any of the parties names, Justice C.E Nwosu-Iheme of the Court of Appeal therefore ordered INEC not to publish any name until the matter is finally decided by the court.