Enugu Tribunal sacks another LP Reps member, declares PDP’s candidate winner
The National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Enugu, yesterday, sacked Chijioke Okereke of the Labour Party (LP) as the House of Representatives member for Aninri/Awgu/Oji River Federal Constituency.
The 3-man panel, led by Justice Nusirat I. Umar, declared Chief Anayo Onwuegbu (Omeihe-Ukwu) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the duly elected candidate in the February 25, 2023 poll.
Okereke becomes the second member of the Labour Party to be sacked by the tribunal after Prof. Sunday Nnamchi, representing Enugu East/Isi-Uzo Federal Constituency in Enugu State was replaced by Cornelius Nnaji, the candidate of the PDP, by a three-man panel led by A. M. Abubakar.”
Onwuegbu had approached the tribunal challenging the declaration of Okereke on the grounds that he was a “stranger” to the election as his name was not on the result sheet as the candidate of the Labour Party.
The panel held that Okereke was not a candidate for the election and accordingly, directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to issue a certificate of return to the PDP candidate.
It could be recalled that the name of former minority leader of the House of Representatives, Toby Okechukwu had been published by INEC for LP for the election. Also, his name appeared on the result sheet and not that of Okereke.
Okereke had approached a High Court, sitting in Enugu, to claim the ticket of the Labour Party and a judgment was given in his favour after Okechukwu distanced himself from being a member of the Labour Party.
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