Senator Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) has blasted the ruling of a high court that reaffirmed his sacking as the lawmaker representing the Anambra South in the upper chamber of the Nigerian legislature.
Ubah told journalists in Abuja after the court ruling that its verdict was just a mere distraction which he had he had petitioned and also filed a stay of execution against. “I have absolute confidence that the court of Appeal will do Justice and set aside the judgment,” he said.
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Criticizing the court ruling on numerous grounds, Ubah noted that the Abuja court lacked the jurisdiction to regard a case in the Anambra South Senatorial Election Primaries.
He alleged that there was mischief involved for the case to have been filed in Abuja and not Anambra, where the polls in question were held.
He claimed that the sole reason for such a move was to ensure that he and his co-defendant Senator Chris Uba would not be aware of the proceedings.
On allegations that he used a fake National Examination Council (NECO) result, Ubah claimed that the court did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accusation was true.
According to him, no NECO official or any other authority was summoned to confirm the authenticity or otherwise of the certificate.
It was earlier reported that a high court sitting in Kubwa area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Friday, January 17, declined to set aside its judgment on the nullification of the election of the candidate of Ifeanyi Ubah, for allegedly using a forged National Examination Council (NECO) certificate to contest the senatorial election that held in the state on February 23, 2019.
Justice Bello Kawu, re-affirmed the order it made on April 11, 2019, which directed Nigeria’s electoral body INEC, to withdraw the Certificate of Return to Ubah and issue a fresh one to Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who came second in the poll.