The High Court of Anambra sitting in Otuocha division, Tuesday, cleared the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Willie Obiano, of allegation of possessing double voter’s card, following a petition brought before Hon. Justice D. O. C. Amaechina, pleading the court to disqualify him from standing for the November election.
Against the allegation of double registration, the plaintiff, Mr. Chuma Tony Oli, had dragged Obiano and APGA to court, pleading for his disqualification from the race.
After studying the plaintiff’s claim as submitted by his counsel, Emeka Ugezu and the defendant’s counter claim submitted by Sylvester Odili, Amaechina threw out the case for lack of merit and awarded cost against the plaintiff in the sum of N50,000 (fifty thousand naira only).
The Judge further upheld that Obiano had “fulfilled the conditions set out for qualification to the office of the Governor of a state as provided by section 117 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 199 as amended,” adding that the APGA candidate did not come within the ambit of any of the disqualifying conditions set out in section 182 of the 199 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Obiano did not include his name in the register of voters for a constituency in which he is not entitled to be registered and did not cause himself to be registered in more than one registration centre and as such did not contravene any of the provisions of Section 117 of the 2010 Electoral Act.”
Amaechina also held that APGA, being the 2nd Defendant rightly elected and presented Obiano as its gubernatorial candidate for the coming elections and again awarded the sum of N50,000 against the plaintiff in favour of the defendants.