SENATOR Representing
Anambra North Senatorial
District Stella A. Oduah
today won the case
challenging her candidature
for the March 28th 2015
The Federal High Court
in Abuja today upheld the
election of Stella Oduah as
the right candidate.
This followed the decision
of Justice Adeniyi Ademola
striking out the legal action
instituted by the Magarene
Okadigbo had challenged
the primary election that produced Oduah as the
candidate of the People’s
Democratic Party ( PDP ) in the
2015 Senatorial election.
Delivering judgement in the
legal action, Justice Ademola
cited Section 31 of the Electoral
Act, 2010 and 251 of the 1999
He held that they are
categorical and unambiguous
to the effect that the primary
election is an internal affairs of
a political party.
It should not, therefore, be
enquired into any court of law.
The Judge held that he had
carefully studied the case of
Senator Okadigbo.
He said he found that there
was no dispute in the fact that
the issue in contention was
the PDP Primary election of
December 7, 2014.
It was conducted by Mr.
Simon Izuora and produced
Oduah as the candidate of the
Party for the Anambra North.
Justice Ademola further held
that since the law is emphatic
that no court should enquire
into any primary election of a
political party.
Any attempt to go beyond
that level will amount to an
exercise in futility.
He therefore upheld the
preliminary objection raised
by PDP against the case of
Senator Okadigbo.
The judge consequently
struck out the case on the
ground that his court has no
jurisdiction to entertain the
Okadigbo had in 2014, filed
the court action to challenge
the Anambra North Senatorial
Primary Election.
She claimed that having
scored the highest number
of votes at the election, she
should be automatically
declared the candidate of the
Party for the 2015 general
Among others, Senator
Okadigbo prayed the court
for an order to compel PDP
to submit her name to INEC
as the authentic candidate of
the party for the District.
She also prayed the court
for an order, restraining
INEC from accepting any
other name other than her
own as the candidate of the
However, none of the
reliefs was granted as the
court held that it has no
power to grant the reliefs

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