From Godwin Tsa, Abuja
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Anambra Central Senatorial District, Dr. Obiora Okonkwo, has asked the Abuja division of the Federal High Court to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from conducting the rerun election for the senatorial seat scheduled for January 13, 2018.
Obiora said since he has already been declared winner of the election by a competent court of law, the rerun should not hold.
In a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/ 1294/2017, filed yesterday at the registry of the court, Obiora (plaintiff) further asked the court to declare, as invalid in law, null and void, all the processes leading to and consequent upon the scheduled rerun election, including announcement of results, declaration of the ‘winner,’ issuing of certificate of return to the ‘winner’ and the determination of an election petition or election petitions against any of the defendants.
In the suit, Obiora also asked the court to make an order declaring that in view of the fact that he has already been declared, by the Federal High Court, in suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/ 1092/2014, the senator-elect representing the Anambra Central Senatorial District, coupled with the fact that appeals Nos. SC.997/2017 are to the knowledge of INEC pending at the Supreme Court, the defendants are not competent, in law, to present themselves or to participate in the scheduled January 13, 2018 rerun election for the Anambra Central Senatorial District or on any other rescheduled date.