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Supreme Court dismisses INEC motion on Anambra PDP

24 February 2016, 18:14

Abuja - The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a motion filed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) seeking clarification on its judgment upholding Ejike Oguebego as Chairman of PDP in Anambra.

In his ruling, Justice Iyang Okoro, held that the court lacked the jurisdiction to hear the motion.

“Let me state here clearly that the applicant cannot ride on the back of Order 8 Rule 16 of the Court to tempt us to assume jurisdiction.

“The rule mandates the review of the apex court judgment in rare situations when clerical errors or slip inherent in the decision could negatively affect the meaning of the decision.

“In this instance, it is incorrect to state that such errors existed in our judgment on the matter delivered on February 29,” Okoro held.

Okoro further held that the applicant tried to mislead the court by including fresh issues that were not captured in the judgment sought to be interpreted.

“In that judgment, the court set aside the decision of the lower court and ordered that Chief Ejike Oguebego remained lawful Chairman of the PDP in Anambra pending the determination of the substantive suit.

“We did not elevate Oguebego, National Chairman of the party, let alone deciding whether he reserved the authority to submit list of the candidates to contest the National Assembly from that state.

“We also did not decide or mandate INEC to the candidates to issue certificates of return because that matter was not before us,” Okoro said.

He said: “the motion has clearly shown that the applicant rather than rely on law upon which the judgment evolved went on to confuse itself with media commentaries to file this motion.”

- News 24


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