–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA): By Our Political Correspondent:
Senator Ifeanyi Uba representing Anambra south and candidate of Young Peoples Party (YPP) has been shamefully kicked out of the revered Red Chambers of the Nigerian Senate.
Uba lost the appeal to rescind the court judgement that nullified his election into the National Assembly for allegedly using a forged National Examination Council (NECO) certificate to contest the senatorial election that held in the state on February 23, 2019.
The court, in a ruling by Justice Bello Kawu, re-affirmed the order it made on April 11, 2019, which directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to withdraw the Certificate of Return it issued to Ubah and issue a fresh one to Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who came second in the poll.
Justice Kawu, held that Senator Ubah’s application to vacate its judgement lacked merit and accordingly dismissed it.
It would be recalled that Ubah had approached the court to set aside the judgement which he insisted occasioned a grave miscarriage of justice against him.
He decried that he was neither served with the court processes nor hearing notice with respect to the suit before the court proceeded to deliver the judgement against him.
Following his application for stay of execution, Justice Kawu, on December 4, restrained the Senate president from swearing-in Uzoh, pending the hearing and determination of the motion challenging the verdict.
The court equally ordered all the parties, including the INEC to maintain status quo till it decides the merit in Ubah’s contention.
In a ruling on Friday, January 17, Justice Kawu, however, held that Senator Ubah’s application to vacate its judgement lacked merit and accordingly dismissed it.