FOLLOWING last week’s judgment by the Supreme Court over the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Anambra State, the National Assembly has been called upon not to listen to Chief Chris Uba and others claiming that they have been cleared to take over as elected federal lawmakers. A legal practitioner in the chambers of Chief Arthur Obi Okafor, SAN, counsel to the affected Anambra lawmakers, Mr. Vincent Otaokpukpu, in a statement made available to reporters in Awka, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the general public to disregard and ignore what he described as the misleading media reports on the matter to the effect that the Supreme Court had sacked PDP senators and other members of the national assembly.
The statement read: “From the foregoing, it is clear that the Supreme Court did not order the withdrawal of the certificates of return issued to our clients. The court also did not hold that the state PDP (Oguebego led – Executive) had the right to sponsor candidates for the party. “The apex court did not order Senator Andy Uba, Senator Stella Uduah and seven other members of the House of Representatives representing Anambra State to vacate their seats whatsoever as rumored in the social media, as same was not asked for by the appellant (Ejike Oguebego) in the Supreme Court, nor at the Federal High Court. “The apex court did not equally authorize INEC, who was the 2nd respondent in the appeal, to substitute our clients with the individuals whose names were improperly allowed by INEC in obvious disregard of the plethora of judgments of the Supreme Court of Nigeria to the effect that it is only the National Executive Committee of the party that has the right and capacity to sponsor candidates.”