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PDP begs court to nullify Ogar’s certificate of return

01 August 2016, 20:01

Abuja - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja, against Uche Ogah and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

The party is seeking the nullification of the certificate of return (CoR) issued to Ogah by INEC on the grounds of false statement, reports Punch

INEC had on June 30 issued the CoR to Ogah as the new Governor of Abia State.

INEC's decision according to News 24 follows a Federal High court ruling, mandating INEC to cede the CoR issued to  Gov Okezie Ikpeazu to Ogah, who was his opponent in the Peoples Democratic Party governorship primary.

Ogah had dragged the governor to court for lying about some of the information he submitted to the PDP during the primary.

Also read: Court sacks Abia governor

But, the PDP is, however, urging the court to hold that Governor Ikpeazu contested and won the Abia State governorship election held on April 11 and April 25, 2015 as the candidate of the party.

In the suit filed through its counsel, Paul Ananaba, the PDP is asking the court to determine whether the certificate of return issued by INEC to Ogah, declaring him as the winner of the April 11, 2015 Abia State governorship election was not null and void when INEC had already declared the April 11, 2015 election inconclusive.

The PDP is also urging the court to determine whether the Chief Judge of Abia State, the President of the Abia State Customary Court of Appeal or any judicial officer in Nigeria could swear Ogah in as the Abia State governor, based on what it described as an invalid certificate of return.

- News 24


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