Anambra central seat: Umeh heads to appeal court over disqualification

Anambra central seat: Umeh heads to appeal court over disqualification


By Paully Onah

Labour party Senatorial Candidate for Anambra Central Senatorial district in the 2023 elections, Senator Victor Umeh has rejected the judgement of the Federal High court, Awka, for lacking jurisdiction.

Reacting to the Federal High court in Awka yesterday (Friday) that disqualified him from contesting the Anambra Central Senatorial District Election, Umeh said the judgement was a miscarriage of justice and therefore unacceptable.

TheNewspad reports that the court, presided over by Justice H. A. Ngajiwa on a Suit filled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Senator Lilian Uche Ekwunife, challenging the nomination of Senator Umeh as Labour Party Senatorial Candidate for Anambra Central, yesterday (Friday’s) judgement, among other reasons, disqualified Umeh from contesting the Senatorial election on the ground that there was no evidence of his resignation from his former position as at the time he contested for the disputed party primaries.

But, Umeh said in a press statement on Saturday said: “I have read this morning, the judgment delivered yesterday by Justice Ngajiwa and I have discussed same with our Team of Lawyers .

“Without going deep into the details of the judgment, I wish to let the general public know that I am completely dissatisfied with the Judgment and hereby reject same.

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According to him, Senator Uche Ekwunife and the PDP do not have locus standi to challenge my nomination in the Labour Party in accordance with the Extant Laws and therefore, the judgment was delivered without Jurisdiction.

It is curious that the same Judge which had earlier dismissed the Suit filed by Sen Ifeanyi Ubah and the YPP challenging the nomination of Hon. Chris Azubogu as the Candidate of APGA for Anambra South Senatorial District for lack of locus standi, describing them as meddlesome interlopers, made a somersault in the present judgment.

“I have instructed my Lawyers and those of the Labour Party to file Appeals against the Judgment”, Umeh said.

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