Abia Court dismisses PDP’s suit against LP’s Nwankwo over eligibility

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A Federal high court sitting in Umuahia, the Abia State has dismissed the suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to challenge 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 Peoples Democratic Party 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 document to grant the listing of the candidate in the 2023 general elections.

The suit alleged that the 3rd defendant did not attach evidence of educational qualifications as demanded by the 1st defendant to ascertain the qualification of a candidate under section 106(c) 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.

While delivering its judgement in the matter brought before it by the Peoples Democratic Party in Abia, on Thursday, Presiding Judge, Evelyn Anyadike struck out the suit as frivolous, lacking in merit and locus standi and which does not disclose any reasonable cause of action against Nigeria’s electoral commission and the LP state assembly candidate, Chijioke Nwankwo.

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