- The court in Abuja has ruled against an application seeking to disqualify the nomination of APC Senator, Stella Oduahas PDP candidate
- Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a ruling on Tuesday, November 22, dismissed the application for being status barred
- Meanwhile, the plaintiff, John Emeka, a senatorial aspirant under the PDP in the May 27 primary, sued Oduah, PDP, and INEC, alleging that Oduah lied on oath in her expression of interest and nomination forms
A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, November 22, dismissed a suit filed against Senator Stella Oduah, seeking an order invalidating her nomination as Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s senatorial candidate in Anambra.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a judgment, dismissed the suit for being status barred, The Nation reported.
Justice Ekwo had, on Oct. 13, fixed today for judgment in the matter filed by John Emeka, an aspirant in the May 27 primary poll conducted by the PDP and monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The plaintiff had sued Oduah, PDP and INEC as 1st to 3rd defendants respectively.
Emeka alleged that Oduah lied on oath in both her expression of interest and nomination forms, including in the INEC Form CF001 which she submitted to the commission for the 2023 Anambra North Senatorial District seat.
In the originating summons marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/841/2022 dated and filed on June 8 by his lawyer, Mbanefo Ikwegbue, Emeka prayed the court to declare that the information supplied by Oduah in her INEC Form CF001, with respect to her participation in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme, was false.
He said the senator had, under oath, used the same information to participate in the previous general elections as the PDP’s candidate for the 2015 and 2019 polls for Anambra North Senatorial District.
According to him, the act contravenes Sections 12(1)(a)(b)(c) and 13(1)(a) of the NYSC Act.
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He further prayed the court to declare that by reason of the false information given in her INEC Form CF 001 in respect of her participation in the NYSC Scheme, she was not qualified to have contested in the said elections and or any other election into the Nigerian Senate.
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been given the approval to arraign Senator Stella Adaeze Oduah of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the N7.9 billion money laundering charges.
The approval was given by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
Malami's directive to the commission was also issued to the Federal High Court in Abuja, bringing to an end the multiple adjournments which have delayed Senator Oduah's arraignment.
APC in Anambra sacks Stella Oduah’s loyalist
The APC Anambra state chapter sacked its youth leader, Innocent Nwanwa.
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Nwanwa is a loyalist of Oduah, who was also a member of the APC before she defected to the Peoples Democratic Party.
The development, according to sources in the APC, may be an action taken as a result of Oduah dumping the party.
Nwanwa, who addressed a press conference in Awka, on Sunday, disclosed that he had been sacked as the youth leader, a position he said he won during the party’s congress in January, supervised by the state chairman of the party, Chief Basil Ejidike.