The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, May 11, upheld the election of Stella Oduah as the senator representing Anambra north senatorial district.
At the ruling today, Justice Ademola Adeniyi said that since the law is emphatic that no court should inquire into any primary election of a political party, any attempt to attempt that will amount to futility.
He also said that with the provisions made by the law, his court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
Adeniyi struck out the legal action instituted by Magarene Chuba-Okadigbo challenging the primary election that saw Oduah as a candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 general elections.
Delivering judgement, the judge said that Section 31 of the electoral Act, 2010 and 251 of the 1999 Constitution as amended are categorical and unambiguous.
He added that the the primary election is an internal affair of a political party and should not be inquired into by any court of law. He also said that he had carefully studied the case of the despondent and found out that there was no dispute in the fact that the issue under contention was the party’s primary election of December 7, 2014.
He said the election which was conducted as saw Oduah as the party’s candidate He further upheld the preliminary objection raised by PDP against Chuba-Okadigbo. Chuba-Okadigbo had filed a suit challenging the Anambra senatorial election in December, 2014.
She claimed that having scored the highest number of votes at the primary election, she ought to automatically declared as the candidate of the party for the general elections.
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