Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday postponed indefinitely the senatorial re-run election for Anambra central district scheduled for this Saturday.
Announcing the postponement at a stakeholders’ meeting at Professor Dora Akunyili’s Women Development Centre, Awka, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Dr. Lawrence Azubuike, said the postponement was based on a recent court order.
Though, the REC did not elaborate on the nature of the court order, however, it was gathered that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday gave a judgment ordering INEC to include the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the rerun election.
INEC had barred the PDP from participating in the rerun poll following a Court of Appeal judgment of December 7, 2015 that nullified the March 28 election of the party’s candidate, Mrs. Uche Ekwunife.
The appellate court had in the judgment averred that “the 11th respondent (Ekwunife) has been barred from participating in the Anambra Central senatorial election.”
Following this development, the PDP approached the Federal High Court, Abuja, to cause INEC to allow it to participate in the rerun and the court granted the party’s plea yesterday, culminating in the postponement of the poll.
Reacting to the judgment, candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, described the Federal High Court’s judgment as absurd.
He said the judgment negated the principle of law that every decision of the court above should bind all courts below.
He maintained that a federal high court lacked the power to assume jurisdiction in a matter already adjudicated by the Court of Appeal.
He threatened to drag the federal high court judge to the National Judicial Commission for brazen impunity and misapplication of the law.
Obi may emerge a consensus candidate of the PDP in the rerun election.
Former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Chief Joe Martins Uzodike, disclosed this yesterday in a press briefing in Awka.
He hinted that top PDP members had mounted pressure on Obi to contest the senatorial rerun, adding that he “has no option but to oblige”.
But the National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Oye, described PDP’s plot to draft ex-governor Obi into the rerun race as a wishful thinking.

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