A chief of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), John Emeka, on Thursday, prayed to a Federal High Court, Abuja, to declare Stella Oduah unqualified to run in the Anambra Northern District elections in 2023.
Mr. Oduah, a sitting senator, ran in and won the May 27 party primary election for the district.
Mr. Emeka, in an initial summons, told Judge Inyang Ekwo that Ms. Oduah made false claims on October 23, 2014, when she testified in an affidavit that she had lost the original copy of her National Police Corps certificate. Youth Service.
The head of the PDP said that Ms. Oduah incorporated the affidavit into her Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Form CF001 for the party’s primary.
Mr. Emeka’s application was submitted to the court on June 8 by his lawyer, Mbanefo Ikwegbue.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reported that Mr. Emeka also named the PDP and INEC as defendants.
Ms. Oduah represents the North Anambra District.
Emeka, who was also a candidate for the primary elections, asked the court for an order annulling the legislator’s participation in the survey.
He also sought an order for the INEC not to recognize the legislator as the party’s candidate for the 2023 elections.
In addition, he begged the court for an order, declaring him a PDP candidate for Anambra North District for the 2023 elections, having participated in the May 27 elections.
Mr. Emeka, in the application, alleged that Ms. Oduah lied under oath both in her expression of interest and in the nomination forms, including the INEC CFO01 form.
When the matter was called on Thursday, Emeka’s lawyer told Ekwo that Ms. Oduah allegedly refused to collect court documents when the bailiff tried to hand her over.
But Ms. Oduah’s lawyer, Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, disagreed with the lawyer, Mr. Ikwegbue.
Mr. Ikpeazu described the presentation as a misconception.
Accordingly, Mr. Ikpeazu was given the documents in a public hearing, following the judge’s instructions.
“I submit this matter for a hearing at the next adjourned date,” Ekwo said. “There is enough time for all parties to present their processes.”
The judge, who adjourned the matter until September 26 for hearing, ordered that hearing notices be issued to the parties in the lawsuit.