- Senator Ifeanyi Ubah of Anambra South picked holes in the court ruling that reaffirmed his sacking
- The federal lawmaker said the court proceedings were shrouded in secrecy because he and another interested party were not aware of them
- Senator Ubah said the court also did not prove that his NECO certificate was truly fake
Senator Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) has slammed the ruling of a high court that reaffirmed his sacking as the lawmaker representing the Anambra South in the upper chamber of the Nigerian legislature.
Ubah told journalists in Abuja after the court ruling that its decision was just a mere distraction which he had he had appealed and also filed a stay of execution against.
“I have absolute confidence that the court of Appeal will do Justice and set aside the judgement,” he said.
Faulting the court ruling on several grounds, Ubah noted that the Abuja court lacked the jurisdiction to hear a case in the Anambra South Senatorial Election Primaries.
He claimed that there was mischief involved for the case to have been filed in Abuja and not Anambra where the polls in question were held.
He claimed that the sole reason for such a move was to ensure that he and his co-defendant Senator Chris Uba would not be aware of the proceedings.
On allegations that he used a fake National Examination Council (NECO) result, Ubah claimed that the court did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accusation was true. According to him, no NECO official or any other authority was summoned to confirm the authenticity or otherwise of the certificate.
Also in a statement by his media aide, Adichie Izuchukwu, the senator stated that the complainant, Obinna Uzoh of applying underarm tactics in the case and supported by the court.
Part of the statement read: “Obinna Uzoh never filed any claim or counterclaim and was at all material time, only a defendant in the claim filed by one Anani Cletus, a known crony of Obinna Uzoh who hails from Ihiala and is an impostor who is not known to YPP.
“The crux of the matter is that; Obinna Uzoh, through a motion for joinder, sought the leave of the court to become a party to the suit as a defendant in a pre-election matter filed by Anani Cletus on the 27th of March 2019 (a month after the senatorial election was conducted), wherein Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Ubah was declared the winner and Chris Uba of PDP, the 1st runner-up.
“While he, Obinna Uzoh, filed his application for joinder on the 27th of March 2019, the same application was heard on the 28th of March, 2019 without serving or allowing Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Ubah who is the defendant, the stipulated 7 days provided by the rules of the court to oppose or concede to the application.
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“This action by the court was in breach of Senator Ubah’s right to fair hearing as guaranteed by Section 36 of the Nigerian Constitution, as amended, and the FCT High Court civil procedure rules.”
The statement further noted that the court in a ruling delivered on Monday, April 1, 2019, joined Obinna Uzoh without Senator Ubah being served processes and hearing notices.
“In essence, the filing, hearing, ruling of the application for joinder of Obinna Uzoh was done within five (5) days without Senator Ubah’s presence and that of his party, YPP.
“These underarm tactics applied by Obinna Uzoh and approved by the Court against Senator Ifeanyi Ubah offends all notions of fairness, justice and fair play,” the statement noted.
The statement urged well-wishers and supporters of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah to remain calm, expressing confidence that justice will prevail.
Legit.ng had reported earlier that a high court sitting in Kubwa area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Friday, January 17, declined to set aside its judgement on the nullification of the election of the candidate of Ifeanyi Ubah, for allegedly using a forged National Examination Council (NECO) certificate to contest the senatorial election that held in the state on February 23, 2019.
Justice Bello Kawu, re-affirmed the order it made on April 11, 2019, which directed Nigeria's electoral body INEC, to withdraw the Certificate of Return to Ubah and issue a fresh one to Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who came second in the poll.
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