Anambra Central controversy: Court cancels judgement that affirmed PDP’s Obiora Okonkwo senator

Federal High Court, Abuja. [Photo credit: OfCounsel Nigeria]

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has set aside its December 12 judgement affirming a Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Obiora Okonkwo, as the authentic candidate to occupy the Anambra Central Senatorial seat.

In a judgement on Friday, following an application by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the court said its previous judgement which was based on the consent of parties cannot be viewed as a final judgement on the matter.

According to the judge, John Tsoho, the judgement which was strongly relied upon by Mr. Okonkwo’s lawyer cannot be regarded as a final judgment on the matter.

“It must be realised that the judgement entered in this court is a consent judgement. It is not one on merit, therefore the court has jurisdiction to revisit it. It cannot be regarded as a final judgment”.

Mr. Tsoho held that the actions of the respondent counsel in the suit, namely the Peoples Democratic Party, which resulted in the December judgement was questionable given the Appeal Court judgement which ordered a re-election without the inclusion of the party.

“It is enough ground to set aside the decision,” Mr. Tsoho said.

Friday’s ruling means there is no legal stumbling block barring INEC from conducting Saturday’s election for the senatorial district.

Details later…


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  • Intrepid

    Victor Umeh all the way. Thine cup overflows.

  • Bassey Frank

    Legal Confusion!

  • Sam

    Now the judge must return the bribe with interest.

  • justice and equity


  • Izuchukwu Clement

    it is most worrisome to grind through the laxity of our institutional framework of which judicial process is one. How can a court set aside its on decision after one month, with no ipso facto event or post judgement event. all facts of judgement have not changed since the last judgement, so how come it ( the high court) only realised of the subsisting appeal court judgement now. I hope the judges are not being clouded by material inducement………democracy is really at great peril if things continue this way. Okonkwo approached the judicial house in 2014 on matters of 2014 primaries that obviously preceded the general election. Now matters of 2015 general election could make the court reverse its own judgement. I expect the court to issue judgement on MATTERS OF VALIDITY OF OKONKWO’S CANDIDACY SINCE THE APPEAL COURT IT REFERRED TO IN ITS LATEST JUDGEMENT NEVER FAULTED PDP’S VICTORY BUT EKWUNIFE’S CANDIDACY.