Anambra Central Senatorial rerun election fixed for January

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Anambra Central senatorial district rerun election has been fixed for January 13, 2018 by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The reason for the rerun of the election for the district was because the Court of Appeal in Abuja had ordered the electoral body to conduct a rerun election for the district on Monday, November 20, 2017.

Solomon Soyebi, the INEC commissioner, confirmed this while speaking to journalists, report says.

The court ordered INEC to conduct the rerun election for the district within a stipulated period of 90 days.

A three-member panel of the court headed by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe Wilson gave the order while delivering judgement in a suit filed by the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and its candidate, Chief Victor Umeh.

Umeh and his party had made an appeal to challenge the order gave by the Federal High Court in Abuja on February 29, 2017, which ordered that Senator Uche Ekwenife, the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should be included in the rerun election.

The court also explained that when a court nullifies an election and orders a fresh election, a party which participated in the nullified election and at whose instance the election was nullifie does not have the opportunity to put in a new candidate for the fresh election.

The senatorial seat of the district has been vacant since the election was nullified by the Court of Appeal in Enugu on November 7, 2015, on the ground that she was not properly nominated by her party for the pool.

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