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The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos yesterday threw out the appeal filed by Stella Oduah, challenging the victory of Labour Party’s Tony Nwoye in the 25th of February, 2023 Anambra North Senatorial District election.
The Eastern Updates recalls that the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Awka, Anambra State, had in its judgment given on the 6th of September dismissed Oduah and the Peoples Democratic Party’s petitions challenging the victory of Nwoye and the Labour Party. The tribunal dismissed the petitions for a lack of merit.
Not satisfied with the ruling of the tribunal, Oduah and the PDP filed appeals marked CA/AW/EP/SEN/AN/03/2023 and CA/AW/EP/SEN/AN/04/2023 as the Court of Appeal.
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, Nwoye secured 94,779 votes while Oduah had 50,146 votes.
Oduah, a former aviation minister, represented Anambra North for eight years.
However, the Appeal Court resolved the issue of nomination against Oduah. It noted that the nomination of candidates is a domestic affair of a political party and not justiciable.
It also described the nomination as a pre-election matter, adding that Oduah had no locus to challenge the membership of the Labour Party.
It said only an aspirant in the primary election can challenge such issues.
The Eastern Updates recalls that in October, the Appeal Court sitting in Lagos reserved judgment in the appeals filed by Oduah and the PDP.
The three-member panel of justices adjourned for judgment after taking arguments from counsel for the parties.