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Ozigbo loses in another Anambra court as judge refuses to vacate order

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The Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State, and presided over by Justice Ngajiwa, on Monday refused to vacate the order he gave to all parties in PDP suit to maintain status quo until the motion on notice before the court is heard and determined.

According to the lawyer to Genevieve Ekwochi, Barr Felix Dumebi, all efforts made by Val Ozigbo through his counsel to vacate the order obtained by Genevieve Ekwochi suffered a huge set back.

Our correspondent, Mr. Eneh Victor Chigozie reported that the judge insisted that all parties to the suit, both the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Commission (INEC) should maintain status quo.

Barr Dumebi said that the application for the vacation of the order filed by Ozigbo was not heard due to applications of other parties who applied to join the matter.

The INEC Commissioner for Information and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye had referenced the court order obtained by Genevieve Ekwochi who also contested the governorship primaries of PDP on June 26.

Okoye said the order is part of the reason the commission could not publish the name of Valentine Chineto Ozigbo or any candidate as the governorship candidate of PDP for November 6 Anambra State governorship election.

Our correspondent noted that with the sustenance of the order, it is not clear if PDP will have a candidate on November 6 election.

The matter was adjourned to 21st of September 2021 for continuation of hearing.

Meanwhile, in a related development, another Court sitting in Awka, on Monday, ordered INEC to publish the name of Valentine Ozigbo as the PDP candidate for the November 6 Anambra State governorship election.

INEC, however, is yet to respond or comply to the said judgment.

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