A 3-man Panel of Justices Led by Honorable Justice Monica Dongban- Mensem declared Valentine Ozigbo as the Legal PDP Candidate for Anambra State Governorship Elections coming November.
The Appeal filed by Valentine Ozigbo indeed went in his favor as he was declared the Valid PDP Candidate for Anambra State Governorship Elections.
The court decided that the appeal contesting the Awka High Court’s decision barring him from running as a PDP candidate in the upcoming election has substance and should be allowed.
It also declared the ruling of the Lower High Court Null and Void.
Channels TV reports that the appellate court also awarded the sum of N10 million in favor of Ozigbo.
In other to cement the ruling, the Appeal Court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to update the names of Valentine Ozigbo and his Deputy as the PDP Candidates for the forthcoming Anambra Elections.
While imploring the electoral umpire not to be preoccupied in its preparations for the election, the court advised INEC to wait for the decision of the highest court in the land rather than rushing to comply with trial court judgments.
In response to a court order, INEC removed Ozigbo’s name from the list of candidates for the election in July.
However, an unfazed Ozigbo stated that INEC’s reliance on a court order in refusing to publish his name as the PDP candidate was “a matter of process and momentary.”
He stated that the PDP had mobilized men and resources to ensure that the aforementioned order was overturned so that INEC could update its records with his name as the rightful candidate for the main opposition party.