OrderPaperToday – The Court of Appeal has cleared the way for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to proceed with the Anambra Central senatorial district election scheduled for Saturday, January 13.
Following a ruling by the Court of Appeal on November 20, 2017 which mandated INEC to conduct election within 90 days, the electoral body had fixed this weekend for the polls.
The senatorial seat has been vacant since 2015 as a result of several legal actions after the court sacked Mrs. Uche Ekwunife.
But the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had approached the Federal High Court to counter the judgement stating that its candidate, Obiora Okonkwo was the true winner of the election that took place in 2015.
Another aggrieved aspirant, former Senator Annie Okonkwo also of the PDP, approached the Appeal Court seeking to be declared as the rightful winner in a bid to stop the forthcoming election.
However delivering the judgment on Thursday, Justice Abubakar Yahaya noted that the court 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.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we have not restrained INEC from conducting the election as ordered by this court on Nov. 20, 2017.”