UPDATE: Court Affirms Ifeanyi Ubah’s Sack from Senate for fake Certificate
A Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting at Kubwa, a satelite town of Abuja, on Friday, upheld its earlier judgement that nullified the election of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Peoples Party [YPP].
The court insisted that Senator Ubah used a forged National Examination Council [NECO], certificate to contest the senatorial election that held in Anambra South senatorial district on February 23, 2019.
The court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] to withdraw the Certificate of Return it issued to Ubah and issue a fresh one to Dr. Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP], who came 2nd at the election.
The presiding judge, Justice Bello Kawu re-affirmed in the ruling the order he issued on April 11 last year.
Therein, he recognised Dr. Uzoh as the duly elected winner of the election held in Anambra State have come second at the election.
Ubah had, through his legal counsel, asked the court to set-aside the judgement as it bears grave miscarriage of justice against him.
He stated that he was neither served with the court processes nor hearing notice with respect to the suit before the judgement against him was passed.
He, theeafter, went ahead and filed an application for stay of execution pending the determination of the motion challenging the verdict.
Consequently, the court, on December 4, directed the Senate President to maintain status quo from swearing-in Uzoh pending the hearing of the application.
Justice Kawu, however, in a ruling Friday morning, upheld upheld his former judgement, saying that Ubah’s application lacked merit and dismissed it.
He also dismissed by an electorate in the state, Mr. Anani Chuka.
Mr. Chuka, an electorate of Anambra State, had on behalf of Chief Chris Uba, who also contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, asked to be joined as an interested party in the suit.
Earlier, Senator Ubah had defeated Chief Uba and his brother, Senator Nnamdi [Andy] Uba of the All Progressives Congress [APC] at the election petition tribunal and subsequently at the Court of Appeal to clinch the ticket.
The embattled senator is yet to respond to the judgement.