A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit filed by Senator Anyogu Eze, challenging the nomination of Honourable Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State.
Senator Eze had asked the court to hold that a sister court presided over by Justice Adeniyi Ademola, endorsed the list used for a parallel governorship primaries of the party, which produced him as the authentic candidate of the party.
However, Justice Evoh Chukwu, in his judgement disagreed with the lawmaker, saying the primaries conducted with the harmonised list of the party in the state, which produced Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as the party’s candidate subsists.
He ruled that the order of the sister court was merely declarative and not mandatory.
Justice Chukwu also stated that only one primary was held by the PDP national working committee in line with section 89 of the Electoral Act.
The Judge held that Ugwuanyi was declared the candidate of the party after voting by delegates in the party’s primaries held on April 11 last year.
Supporters of the Enugu State governorship candidate, Honourable Ugwuanyi, received the news that the court had struck out the suit challenging his candidacy in cheers, celebrating the end of a case that had been postponed on four different occasions.
Addressing reporters at the end of the ruling, Alex Akoja, the lawyer to Senator Eze, said he would consult with his client to decide on whether to appeal the judgement.
Less than 24 hours after her release, Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for marrying a christian and denouncing her Muslim faith has been re-arrested by security officials at the Khartoum Airport in Sudan.
40 security agents detained Meriam along with her husband and children as they were trying to leave Sudan.
Her lawyer told MailOnline: “We don’t have any information about what charges they face. But the National Security force does not have to take them to court”
Mrs Ibrahim was released from prison after an appeal court annulled the death sentence imposed on her and was sent to a safe house for ‘protection’.
Before she was rearrested, Western countries had welcomed the decision to rescind the death penalty.
Born to a Muslim father, 27 year old Mrs Ibrahim married Mr Wani, a Christian, in 2011. Though Mrs Ibrahim was brought up as an Orthodox Christian, the authorities considered her to be a Muslim because it is the religion of her father.
A 32year old trader, Temitope Folorunso, has asked an Ikorodu Customary Court, Lagos, to dissolve her 12-year-old marriage, following her husband’s attempt to use her for ritual.
According to the petitioner, “My husband tried to use me for ritual that was why I left the house two weeks ago…There was a time he told me that I should follow him to his herbalist to make some atonement for him to be successful in life…last month, he called me and told me that am too old for him,”
According to a local newspaper, the estranged husband, Soji, who is a land developer has denied the claims, urging the court to grant his wife’s wish.
“all she said is not true…she is just looking for a way out. This is not her first time of packing out of the house. I know one of her boyfriends that is promising her marriage. If she wants to leave me, the court should let her go,” Soji told the court.
Presiding the case, the court president, Alhaja Risikat Adesanya, advised the couple on the need for reconciliation and postponed the judgement till May 28 “to enable the couple to seek possible reconciliation,”.