Abuja, Bwari’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in the Bwari area today has sacked an elected Senator Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressives Party (YPP).
Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, a sport leading entrepreneur in Nigeria was the lawmaker representing Anambra South district in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, elected in 2019.
Back in 2019, the court had given the same pronouncement in the suit filed by Uzoh who was challenging Ubah’s victory on the matter that Dr Ubah presented an alleged forged National Examination Council (NECO) certificate to INEC the electoral empire.
The judge, Bello Kawu, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued and to issue a fresh certificate to Obinna Uzoh, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the senator elect.
On hearing the outcome, Ubah approached the court to set aside the judgment, saying he was not given fair hearing based on not receiving documents from the court.
Consequently, the judge ordered a stay of execution on December 4, restraining the senate president from swearing in Uzoh, pending the hearing and determination of the motion challenging the verdict.
Ruling on Ubah’s application at the resumed court session on Friday, the judge held that his application to vacate its judgment lacked merit, and accordingly it was dismissed.
Another motion brought by Chris Uba, claimant to the PDP senatorial ticket, seeking to be joined as an interested party in the substantive suit marked CV/3044/2018, was also dismissed.
Speaking with TheCable, Ubah said he is still the senator representing Anambra south because the election petition tribunal and the appeal court had affirmed his election.
He said the case at the FCT high court is a pre-election matter that the court has no jurisdiction over. But he said he was going to appeal against the judgment.
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