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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Submission of False Voter’s Card: Court Decides Willie Obiano’s Fate Today


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The Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State, presided over by Justice Isah Gafai, will today, deliver judgment in the suit filed against Governor Willie Obiano by an Onitsha-based human rights lawyer, Jezie Ekejiuba, seeking to disqualify and nullify Obiano’s election over alleged submission of false voter’s card ahead of the November 16, 2013 governorship election in the state.

Justice Gafai had, after hearing and adopting the submissions and written addresses of both the plaintiff, Ekejiuba who stood in for himself and counsel to Obiano, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, adjourned sine-die, noting that the judgment day would be communicated to them as soon as it was ready for delivery.

But on November 18, the court informed both parties that the judgment date had been fixed for today, November, 20 at 1pm for delivery.

Ekejiuba had dragged Obiano, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Professor Chukwuemeka Onukogu, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to court asking for the disqualification of Obiano, as the candidate of APGA and the nullification of his election of November 16 and 23, 2013 because he gave a false information by submitting a false Voter’s Card in his INEC’s Form CFOO1 with a sworn affidavit, contrary to Section 31 (1) to (6) of the amended Electoral Act, 2010.

Also in his submission, Ekejiuba contended that Obiano had allegedly submitted false voter’s card in his Form CF 001 sworn affidavit, arguing that the Supreme Court judgment submitted by counsel to Obiano, Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu in support of his defense was aimed at stalling the court’s proceedings.

Source: Vanguard
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