Stella Oduah, Andy Uba refuse to be sacked, resume work

The two sacked senators from Anambra state, Andy Uba and Stella Oduah have ignored the ruling of the Supreme Court, as they resumed work at the National Assembly on Monday, February 1.

Senators Uba and Oduah were over the weekend, reported to have been removed from office by the apex court.

After deliberating on the warring factions of the PDP in Anambra, a panel of the Supreme Court, had reaffirmed the Federal High Court’s verdict, declaring the Ejike Oguebego-led PDP as the recognised executive in the state.

But Oduah and Uba both maintained that the judgment of the court did not order them removed, and as such, were seen carrying out their respective duties, yesterday.

While Senator Uba attended the meeting of the Senate Joint Committees on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions Oduah carried out her legislative functions from her office.

Meanwhile, the lawyer to the Ejike Oguebego faction that petitioned the pair before the Supreme Court- Chris Uche has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, to withdraw the certificates of return issued to Andy Uba and Oduah.

Uche, in a letter written to the commission, asked for the certificates of return to be issued to the nominees presented by the Oguebego faction of Anambra PDP.

The letter from the Oguebego faction addressed to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, was titled ‘Compliance with judgement of Supreme Court Anambra state PDP National Assembly Candidates SC/37/2015-Ejike Oguebego and Anor vs Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, dated January 29, 2016’.

 

The letter reads in part: “The effect of the Supreme Court judgment consequently is that all those who were not part of the list of candidates produced by the congress/primary elections that the Ejike Oguebego and his executive committee participated in, and monitored by INEC ought and must vacate the positions they presently occupy having not been validly nominated.”

“In the light of the foregoing, we therefore demand that your commission complies promptly with the said judgment of the Supreme Court by issuing forthwith Certificates of Returns to our clients as the authentic and legitimate candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party for Anambra state who won the election, the entire gamut of litigation having been exhausted. We look forward to your timely cooperation and compliance.”

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