Senators from Anambra State, Stella Oduah and Andy Uba, on Wednesday, February 17, secured an injunction against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, stopping them from carrying out any action until the Supreme Court clarifies it’s judgement.
Recall that the Supreme Court had ruled that Ejike Oguebego was the recognized state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Anambra State, and as such, recognised the list of the Oguebego- led state executive committee of the party.
INEC has stated that it would approach the Supreme Court for clarification on the political status of Senators Uba, Oduah and other lawmakers representing Anambra State for the PDP.
A panel of Supreme Court justices had in its judgment delivered on January 29 this year affirmed the judgment of the Federal High Court which held that only the constitutionally-recognized state party leadership led by Oguebego could organize the party primaries.
In the judgment of the Federal High Court which was restored by the Supreme Court, the PDP, its agents, servants, privies were restrained from forwarding, sending or submitting to the second defendant (INEC) any delegates list or nominated candidates that may emerge from the congress conducted by the purported caretaker committee set up by the first defendant for the PDP, except those that emanate from the plaintiffs’ (Ejike Oguebego and Hon.Chucks Okoye) congresses and primaries.
Justice Elvis Chukwu, who delivered the judgment, further restrained INEC, its agents, servants, privies, assigns, officials whatsoever name they may be called from accepting or receiving any delegate from the congresses or primaries conducted by the caretaker committee set up by the first defendant for the state PDP, except those that emanate from the palintiffs.
The judgement was given numerous interpretations, forcing INEC to seek the Supreme Court’s help.