Friday, 6 July 2012

Supreme Court affirms Margaret Okadigbo as Senator

The Supreme Court today affirmed the election of Lady Margaret Okadigbo, wife of late former Senate President, Chuba Okadigbo, and former Minister of State for FCT, Solomon Ewuga, as Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Apex Court also ordered the removal of Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Donor Agencies, Eseme Eyibo from the House.

These decisions by the highest court put an end to months of legal battle by contestants for the two arms of the National Assembly.

 The Supreme Court held that   Lady Margaret Okadigbo, was the validly nominated candidate of Peoples Democratic Party for the Zone, after winning the primaries conducted by the legally recognized faction of the party.

The court also held that the appellant,  John Emeka, who brought the suit before it does not have the locus to have instituted the appeal challenging the Court of Appeal’s decision which returned Lady Okadigbo since he did not participate in the primary.

The Anambra North senatorial district had not had any form of representation at the upper legislative arm of the National Assembly owing to the series of controversies that trailed the conduct of primary election for the selection of the party’s candidate by various factions of the highly fractured party in the state.

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