The Federal High Court sitting in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, presided by Hon Justice Evelyn Anyadike, has thrown out the suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, challenging the eligibility of the House of Assembly candidate of the Labour Party (LP) for Bende south state constituency seat election, Chijioke Nwankwo.
The suit no: FHC/UM/CS/188/2022, filed by the PDP had the Independent National Electoral Commission as the 1st defendant, Labour Party (2nd defendant), and Nwankwo Chijioke Solomon, Esq, as the (3rd defendant).
Recall that the Abia leadership of the PDP had in August 2022, dragged the Labour Party House of Assembly candidate for Bende south constituency seat, Chijioke Nwankwo, before a federal high court in umuahia, and sought its declaration that the affidavit in support of personal particulars of the 3rd defendant is null and void as an electoral documents to grounds the listing of the 3rd defendant as a candidate in the 2023 general elections for the election as a member of the house of assembly to represent Bende south state constituency in the house of assembly, Abia state as the 3rd defendant did not attach evidence of educational qualifications as demanded by the 1st defendant in order to ascertain the qualification of a candidate under section 106(c) of the 1999 constitution.
The Abia PDP also sought the court’s declaration that the said “affidavit in support of personal particulars of the 3rd defendant is null and void as an electoral document to ground the listing of the 3rd defendant as a candidate in the 2023 general elections for the election of a member of the house of assembly, Abia state in that the 3rd defendant in the said affidavit in support of personal particulars” deposed to having “FSLC, WAEC and degree without attaching any evidence of the qualifications thereof in order to ascertain whether the 3rd defendant is disqualified to contest the election under section 107(i)(j) of the 1999 constitution.
The party further sought the court’s order of perpetual injunction restraining INEC from listing Chijioke Solomon Nwankwo in the final list of candidates for the said election fixed in march 2023.
Earlier, while delivering its judgement in the matter brought before it by the Peoples Democratic Party in Abia, on Thursday, Justice Anyadike-led umuahia high court struck out the suit as frivolous, lacking in merit and locus standi, and which does not disclose any reasonable cause of action against the Nigeria’s electoral commission and the LP state assembly candidate, Chijioke Nwankwo.
Meanwhile, reacting to the court verdict which struck out the suit by the Peoples Democratic Party challenging his qualifications, the state house of assembly candidate of the Labour Party for Bende south constituency seat election, Barrister Chijioke Nwankwo lauded the Nigeria judiciary for demonstrating it is a court of law and justice and justice, and cannot be misled.
He bared his mind in a statement issued by the Director-General of Mr. CJ Campaign Organisation, Okezie Obioma Okezie (Esq), on Friday in Umuahia, the state capital.
He also maintained that the politics of bitterness and desperation must be discouraged and further reminded his opponents that only the eligible people of Abia state, and entire Nigeria reserve the power to decide on who to lead them.
Nwankwo who used the medium also to extend a hands of friendship to his opponents in order to take Bende south state constituency to a greater height when elected into the Abia house of assembly as the lawmaker come march this year.
His words: Let me advise our friends and brothers from other parties that we are brothers first before politics.
“Assaults on persons, destructions of bill boards, posters, and unnecessary propaganda will not deliver the votes to you.
“The people will decide this time, and the game is up for non performing members as the people’s votes will surely count”.