The Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State has fixed December 5, for hearing in the suit filed by Hon. Uche Ekwunife challenging the candidature of Chief Willie Obiano, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate in the November 16, governorship election in the state over alleged double registration.
Ekwunife, a member of the House of Representatives for Anaocha/Njikoka/Dunukofia federal constituency of Anambra State who came second in the August 26, APGA primaries that threw up Obiano as candidate of the party had penultimate week approached the Federal High Court, Awka, praying it to declare her as the governorship candidate of APGA in place of Obiano whom she alleged engaged in double registration.
The matter was yesterday assigned to court II of the Federal High Court, Awka which has Hon. Justice M.L Abubakar as the presiding judge for hearing.
Ekwunife had in her suit prayed for the following reliefs: “An order of this court directing the 2nd defendant to delete the name of the 1st defendant from Anambra State Voter’s Register and as the candidate of the 3rd defendant in the 2013 Anambra State governorship elections
“An order of this court restraining the 2nd and 3rd defendants from dealing with the 1st defendant as the 3rd defendant’s governorship candidate for the 2013 governorship election in Anambra State
“An order of this court directing the 3rd defendant to substitute the name of the 1st defendant submitted to the 2nd defendant as the gubernatorial candidate of the 3rd defendant in 2013 Anambra State governorship election with the name of the plaintiff, the plaintiff being the person who came 2nd in the governorship primary elections of the 3rd defendant wherein the 1st defendant emerged as the governorship candidate of the 3rd defendant in the 2013 Anambra State governorship election.
“A declaration that the 1st defendant is not entitled to vote and be voted for in the 2013 governorship election in Anambra State by virtue of Section 178 (5) of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria (as amended)
“A declaration that the 1st defendant by the combined effect of sections 9(1) (2) (3), 2 and 3 and Section 24 (1) (e) of the 2010 Electoral Act of Nigeria (as amended) is not a validly registered voter in Anambra State entitled to have his name in the Anambra Sate voter register kept by the 2nd defendant.”