A Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday sacked the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP member of the House of Representatives representing Onitsha North/South Federal Constituency of Anambra State, Godwin Idu, asking him to vacate his seat with immediate effect.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola also cancelled the certificate of return which the Independent National Electoral Commission earlier issued to him as the winner of the March 28, 2015 election for Onitsha North/South Federal Constituency seat in the House of Representatives.
The judge, while delivering judgment in a suit challenging the submission of Idu’s name to INEC as the candidate of the PDP for the election, ordered that the plaintiff in the suit, Lynda Chuba-Ikpeazu be sworn in Idu’s stead.
Chuba-Ikpeazu had filed the suit which predated the March 28, 2015 election, on March 18, 2015, to challenge the substitution of her name earlier submitted to INEC as the winner of the PDP’s primary, with that of Idu.
The PDP, INEC, the National Working Committee of the PDP and Idu were the defendants in the suit. But INEC did not file any defence in the suit filed through the plaintiff’s counsel, Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN.
The judge, as part of the ancillary orders in his judgment, directed INEC to issue fresh certificate of return to Chuba-Ikpeazu.
He ordered the Speaker and the Clerk of the National Assembly to swear in Chuba-Ikpeazu as replacement for Idu immediately.
The judge in granting all the prayers sought by the plaintiff held that the substitution of her name with that of Idu violated the provisions of sections 31(2)(j) and 50 of the PDP constitution; sections 31(1)(2) and 33 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended); section 222(c)of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Article 25 (xii) of the Electoral Guidelines for Primary Elections, 2014 leading opposition party Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.


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