By Constance Meju Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko An Abuja High Court has thrown out Senator Peter Nwaoboshi as senator-elect for Delta North Senatorial
By Constance Meju
An Abuja High Court has thrown out Senator Peter Nwaoboshi as senator-elect for Delta North Senatorial District.
In a ruling on a case brought before it by Prince Ned Nwoko challenging the election of Nwaoboshi by the Peoples Democratic Party as its flag-bearer, Justice A. R. Mohammed ordered Nwaoboshi to stop parading himself as senator-elect and ruled that the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC should replace Nwoko’s name as the PDP candidate.
Following the outcome of the PDP primaries last August that threw up Nwaoboshi as the party’s flag-bearer, Prince Ned Nwoko had headed to court challenging the victory alleging irregularities and urging the court to declare him winner of the primaries.
In the ruling, the court agreed that the plaintiff hadsubmitted exhibits that were certified copies emanating from the office of the PDP (second defendant) and so the second defendant should not have just denied but produce the correct documents to support its denial as well as produce before the court, its ballot papers.
The judge ruled that Sec 157 E.A was invoked by the court and holds that the failure to produce the ballot papers shows that the plaintiff won the primaries election.
He therefore ordered the PDP and INEC to publish Ned Nwoko as the PDP senator-elect for Delta North.
As congratulatory messages are pouring in to Prince Nwoko described as a more people-oriented leader, deposed Senator Peter Nwaoboshi has asked his supporters to remain calm as he would be shifting the battle to the Appeal Court.