Categories: Politics

Court Reverses Substitution Of LP Enugu West Senatorial Candidate

The Labour Party logo


Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has reversed the substitution of the Labour Party (LP’s) senatorial candidate for Enugu West Senatorial District, Chukwuma Amadi.

While reversing the substitution, the Judge affirmed that Amadi remains the candidate of the party unless he withdraws his candidacy or occurrence of death.

Delivering judgment in a suit instituted by Amadi against the party challenging his purported substitution, Justice Ekwo removed Honourable Uchenna Ekwe, who was nominated to replace the plaintiff.

Justice Ekwo invoked sections 29, 31,32, 33, and 34 of the Electoral Act to nullify the substitution of the plaintiff.

In the judgment, the court held that by the provisions of Section 33 of the Electoral Act, 2022, political parties are not allowed to change or substitute their candidates whose names have been submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) under Section 29 of the Act, except in the case of death or withdrawal by the candidate.

[READ ALSO] 2023: Enemies Of Progress Frustrating PDP’s Quest For Presidency – G5

The Judge dismissed the argument of the Labour Party and Uchenna Ekwe that the plaintiff has no locus standi pursuant to Section 84 of the Electoral Act, 2022 because he was not an aspirant in the second primary election that produced Ekwe.

The Judge, therefore, declared as unlawful, illegal, unconstitutional, and of no effect whatsoever the purported substitution of the plaintiff whose name has been submitted, uploaded, and published as the valid candidate of the Labour Party for Enugu West Senatorial District.

Justice Ekwo ordered Ekwe to immediately stop parading himself as a candidate of the Labour Party in the forthcoming election and the party from dealing with him in that capacity.

Donatus Anichukwueze

Disqus Comments Loading...

Recent Posts

  • Local

South Africa Cuts Power To Nigeria Consulate Over Unpaid Bills

Electricity supplies were reconnected the same day following promises the account would be settled by the end of the month.

56 mins ago
  • Politics

Rivers Explosion: We Need Freedom To Speak To Our People – Tonye Cole

Cole said it is high time Rivers State was known for something other than violence.

58 mins ago
  • World News

British PM Fined For Not Wearing Seatbelt In Car Video

A fixed penalty means Sunak can pay a fine to avoid a court hearing.

1 hour ago
  • Top story

PDP Suspends Ex-Gov Nnamani, Fayose’s Son, Others

PDP explained that the decision to suspend Nnamani is based on allegations of anti-party activities levelled against the ex-governor.

1 hour ago
  • Politics

Eight APC Supporters Killed In Zamfara Auto Crash, Matawalle Suspends Campaign

Governor Bello Matawalle suspended his campaign rally in Bukkuyum Local Government Area to mourn the victims.

2 hours ago
  • Sports

Dani Alves Remanded In Custody On Sex Assault Allegations

A Barcelona judge took the step after questioning the 39-year-old player regarding "events that allegedly took place at a nightclub."

2 hours ago