Anambra Central Re-run: We are Waiting Outcome of INEC Appeal – Umeh

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Chief Victor Umeh

Following the lull in campaigns by candidates of parties in the now indefinitely postponed Anambra Central Senatorial election, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate in the re-run election, which was initially scheduled for March 5, Chief Victor Umeh, has said that the candidates of eligible parties are waiting for the outcome of the appeal filed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) challenging the judgment of an Abuja High Court ordering it to include the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the re-run.

The court of Appeal that sat in Enugu had on December 7, 2015, ordered a re-run in the Anambra central senatorial district within 90 days after nullifying the victory of the PDP candidate in the March 28, 2015 National Assembly election, Hon. (Mrs.) Uche Ekwunife.

The nullification was sequel to an appeal brought by the APGA candidate in the election, Chief Victor Umeh after the Tribunal of first instance that sat in Awka dismissed his petition.

But about a week to the election fixed for March 5, this year, an Abuja High Court ordered that the INEC should include the PDP and its candidate in the election following a suit filed by the PDP.

The INEC however appealed the decision of the Abuja High Court saying it was in defiance of the Supreme Court decision to the effect that when there is a re-run, only those candidates who participated abinitio are eligible to contest.