The House of Representatives member-elect for Nkwerre/Nwangele/Njaba/Isu federal constituency of Imo state, Ugonna Ozurigbo of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been sacked by a Federal High Court in Owerri.
In the judgement delivered on Monday, May 27, by Justice PA Rigime, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was ordered to issue a certificate of return to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kingsley Echendu.
According to the court, Harrison Nwadike, who is the plaintiff, is the “rightful winner” of the APC primary election in the federal constituency, Daily Nigerian reports.
Legit.ng recalls that Nwadike dragged APC and INEC to court over the submission of Ozurigbo’s name as the candidate of the party and asked the court to declare him as the rightful candidate of APC.
Justice Ozurigbo ruled that Ozurigbo's candidacy was illegitimate and ordered that Echendu be issued a certificate of return.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a five-member panel of justices in the Supreme Court on Friday, May 24, nullified all votes cast for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections in Zamfara state.
In the court's ruling given by Justice Paul Adamu Galinji, the panel said that the APC in the state did not carry out primaries according to the party regulations.
The panel therefore described all votes cast for the APC as “wasted votes” and declared that all political parties with the second highest votes in the polls be elected to the different offices.
In an appeal filed by the APC, the apex court ruled against the appellant and ordered a fine of N10 million against the party.
The Court of Appeal ruled: “Candidate other than the first appellant with the highest vote stand elected. A cost of N10 million is awarded against the appellant.”
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