Uba Drags Ubah To Court, INEC Ordered To Investigate Case, Given 14 Days Ultimatum To Complete Investigation
The senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Chris Uba, has filed an application for an order of mandamus against the Senator elect for Anambra South and in response, a Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to immediately investigate the Senator-elect for Anambra South, Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah and the returning officer for the senatorial zone, Professor MN Umenweke.
On the order, Justice IB Gafai, ordered INEC to furnish the court with results of its investigation into the matter within 14 days so that the case may be prosecuted.
“Upon the honourable court having delivered a considered judgement today, it hereby ordered as follows: the first respondent (INEC) shall, within 14 days from today, conduct or cause investigation into the criminal allegations of the applicant(Chris Uba).
“It shall prosecute, if the investigation result so warrants, the third respondent (Ifeanyi Uba) and any other person(s) implicated in its investigation.
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“Where it considers it inexpedient to prosecute through its legal officers, it shall consider, at its liberty, the appointment of the applicant’s solicitors in this suit for the purpose of such prosecution”, the judge ordered.
Uba of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, dragged Ubah of the Youngs Progressives Party YPP, to court over alleged involvement in disorderly conduct along with other individuals during the February 23, 2019 elections that were held at the Nnewi North Local Government Area, the outcome of which led to the announcement of the result of the inconclusive election held on the same day.
Mr Uba prayed the court for “a further order of mandamus compelling the first respondent to prosecute the second (Prof M.N. Umenweke) for announcing or publishing a false result to the effect that the third respondent had won the election held on the said February 23, 2019, even when they both knew that the said election was inconclusive and from which no genuine result had been generated.”