The Supreme Court Monday, fixed September 6, for judgment in a case filed by Chief Jaro Egbo, seeking the nullification of the candidacy of Moses Anaughe as the valid candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC for Ughelli North constituency II in the 2019 general elections.
Justice Mary Odili, fixed the date when she led panel of five justices to entertain the suit.
Egbo, who contested the primaries with Anaughe, approached the court seeking the nullification of the ruling of the appeal court which also upheld the lower court’s earlier decision that nullified his (appellant’s) candidacy.
Egbo, not satisfied with the ruling of the lower courts, approached the apex court for redress.
He prayed the court to rule in his favour because the plaintiff only took part in the primary but didn’t contest the general elections.
He also said that the result issued to INEC by the APC was signed by an appointee of the Delta chapter of the party and not the national.
A Federal High Court sitting in Benin-City, Edo, had nullified the candidacy of Egbo, the member-elect representing Ughelli Constituency II in the Delta State House of Assembly on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The presiding judge, Justice A. Demi-Ajayi, in her ruling, said the plaintiff, Moses Anaughe, won the APC primary conducted on October 5, 2018 but his name was “illegally substituted” for Egbo’s.
She also awarded a cost of N100,000 in favour of the plaintiff against the APC and Egbo, both of who are 1st and 3rd defendants respectively. (NAN)