Anambra Central: PDP asks Appeal Court to stop INEC from conducting poll

Ahea2016_07_01_24204d of Monday’s hearing of an ap­peal filed by the In­dependent National Elec­toral Commission (INEC), against the judgment of a Federal High Court in Abuja, which had ordered the electoral umpire to in­clude the Peoples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in its planned rerun election in Anambra Central Senato­rial District, the PDP has asked the court to stop INEC from conducting the poll.
The Court of Appeal Division in Enugu had ordered INEC to conduct a fresh election within 90 days into Anambra Cen­tral Senatorial District fol­lowing the nullification of the election of Mrs Uche Ekwunife who was repre­senting the zone at the Sen­ate.
Consequently, INEC had scheduled the rerun elec­tion for May 3, 2016, but decided to postpone the conduct of the poll indefi­nitely following an order of a Federal High Court which compelled INEC to include the PDP in the scheduled poll.
In the appeal marked: CA/A/165/2016, the PDP who is the respondent in the appeal filed by INEC, prayed the appellate court to stop the electoral umpire from conducting any elec­tion into the senatorial seat.
It argued that the 90 days within which INEC was to conduct the rerun poll as ordered by the court had elapsed.
In the notice of pre­liminary objection brought pursuant to order 10 rule 1 of the Court of Appeal rules 2011 and under the inherent jurisdiction of the court, the PDP urged the court for “an order striking out the appeal hereof as this honourable court has no ju­risdiction to entertain and determine the said appeal, Or in the alternative, an or­der dismissing the appeal hereof as same is based on an incompetent and invalid record.”
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