Supreme Court Validates Nwoye Candidacy For Anambra Election

The Supreme Court has upheld Tony Nwoye as the validly nominated candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the November 16 Anambra governorship election.

Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, who delivered the judgment in an application filed by Nicolas Ukachukwu said the appellant did not question the candidacy of Nwoye which was upheld by the appellate court and, therefore, the apex court agreed that Nwoye is the validly elected candidate of the PDP.

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt on October 23, set aside the Federal High Court’s ruling which declared Ukachukwu as the Anambra State PDP candidate and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to recognise Nwoye as the duly elected candidate of the party in the forthcoming election.

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Ukachukwu, through his counsel, Joseph B. Daudu, approached the apex court to challenge the decision of the appeal court, arguing that he was not given fair hearing.

The Supreme court ruling was unanimously supported by the five other justices on the panel and the court fixed January 31, 2014 to give reason for its decision.

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