I Will Be Surprised If My Opponent Heads To Supreme Court – Senator Ubah

A file photo of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

 

The Senator representing Anambra South district in the National Assembly, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, says he will be surprised if his opponent, Mr. Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) heads to the Supreme Court over his election victory.

Ubah’s comments on Thursday follow the Appeal Court ruling which set aside a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court judgment sacking him as the lawmaker representing the region.

In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Stephen Adah, the court held that the FCT High Court acted outside its jurisdiction to entertain a matter that arose in Anambra state.

But appearing during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Ubah said he doesn’t think anyone can appeal a verdict given by an appellant court.

“I will be very surprised if they challenge what was given. You need to give me some time so that they (my lawyers) can look at the judgment.

“I don’t think, to my best knowledge, that it is appealable. But if they go to the Supreme Court, I’m more than ready,” he said.

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Speaking further, Ubah alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have been working hard to oust him from office.

According to him, he is the only Senator in the country that has faced two opponents in a tribunal shortly after the general elections.

“I have passed through serious hurdles; I am the only Senator in Nigeria that faced the tribunal with two opponents – from the PDP and the APC,” he said.

“With the court victory in the tribunal, we went to the Appeal Court in Enugu with court victory. They have done everything possible to take me out of my seat. And at the same time, they are working in conjunction with so many parties.

“At the end of the day, touch not His anointed and do his prophet no harm. One with God is a majority. So we are working, I need now to concentrate and give value to those who have elected me,” he said.

Appeal Court Nullifies Judgment Sacking Ifeanyi Ubah

Ifeanyi Ubah

 

The Court of Appeal has set aside an FCT High Court judgment sacking Senator Ifeanyi Ubah as the lawmaker representing Anambra South Senatorial district.

In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Stephen Adah, the court held that the FCT High Court acted outside its jurisdiction to entertain a matter that arose in Anambra state.

Justice Adah while awarding a cost of N250,000 against the first and second respondents in the appeal, insisted the lower court acted like an octopus and denied Senator Ubah the right to a fair hearing.

He added that the court further acted on an unsigned originating summons, which is also a nullity.

READ ALSO: Ifeanyi Ubah Appeals Judgement Sacking Him From Senate

The embattled Senator Ifeanyi Ubah on January 18, filed a suit at the Court of Appeal to challenge the judgment which removed him as the lawmaker.

He disclosed this to Channels Television a day after a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in the Bwari area of Abuja reaffirmed his sack.

Ubah explained that appealing the judgement of the court was important because it lacked the jurisdiction to giving such ruling.

He stressed that neither him nor his party – the Young Progressives Party (YPP), was served the court notices when the case was brought before the court.

The embattled lawmaker said, “Even in the Electoral Act; anything after the announcement of an election (result) is a post-election which should go through the Tribunal, not FCT High Court.

“Even the FCT High Court has no territorial jurisdiction over this matter. The matter was a matter which took place in Anambra South senatorial district.”

Ifeanyi Ubah Asks Appeal Court To Reinstate Him As Senator

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A file photo of the Court of Appeal in Abuja.

 

 

Embattled lawmaker, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, is seeking to return to the Senate after he was sacked by a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in the Bwari area of Abuja.

This comes as the Court of Appeal in Abuja is set to hear the suit filed by Senator Ubah challenging the judgement which removed him as the lawmaker representing Anambra South district in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.

In a ruling delivered on January 17, Justice Bello Kawu had reaffirmed the sack of Senator Ubah of the Young Progressives Party (YPP).

He ordered that Mr Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who had challenged the embattled lawmaker’s victory in the Anambra South senatorial district election of February 23, be recognised as the winner of the election.

A file photo of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

 

 

Justice Kawu also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to Uzoh, the applicant, as the senator-elect in the district.

The PDP candidate had among other claims, alleged that his YPP counterpart presented a forged National Examination Council (NECO) secondary school certificate to INEC, which enabled Ubah to contest the election.

He also insisted that Ubah’s party should be disqualified for not conducting a primary for its candidates in the poll.

The trial judge, in his ruling delivered in January, refused to reverse the judgement of the court delivered in December which removed Ubah as a member of the Senate.

He sacked Ubah and declared that the second defendant in the suit – the YPP – did not have the locus standi and should not have participated in the election.

AMCON Debt: Ifeanyi Ubah’s Arraignment Stalled

A file photo of Mr Ifeanyi Ubah.

 

 

The absence of the Chairman of Capital Oil & Gas Limited, Ifeanyi Ubah, has stalled his arraignment before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

Ubah and his company were to be arraigned by the Federal Government for alleged false claims relating to the indebtedness of N135 billion to the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).

When the case was mentioned in court on Thursday, the prosecutor, Mr Kunle Adegoke, through an ex parte application asked Justice Nicholas Oweibo to grant an order for the service of the charge on Ubah through his legal representative and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Olisa Agbakoba.

In an affidavit put before the court, the prosecution submitted that Ubah had been evading the service of the charge on him personally.

In a short ruling, Justice Oweibo granted the request of the prosecutor that Ubah should be served through his counsel.

He, thereafter, adjourned until April 2 for the arraignment of the defendants.

The counsel representing Capital Oil and Gas Limited, Mr Ajibola Oluyede, however, informed the court that there was an ongoing process to settle the matter amicably.

In the one of the counts put before the court, Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah, and his company, Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited, sometimes between 2012 and 2018, allegedly conspired together in making false claims in relation to the actual value of certain assets transferred to AMCON, in partial payment of their Indebtedness with a view to defeating the realisation of a judgement debt of the company to AMCON then standing In the sum of N135 billion.

The offence is said to be contrary to Section 54(1)(a) and (d) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Act, 2010 (as amended).

Court Restrains INEC Over Ifeanyi Ubah Senate Sack

A file photo of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

 

The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Thursday, restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from implementing two previous judgements of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja given against Ifeanyi Ubah.

Mr. Ubah of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) is seeking to retain his seat in the Senate.

READ ALSO: Court Reaffirms Sack Of Ifeanyi Ubah As Senator

On April 11, 2019, Justice Bello Kawu of the FCT High Court in Kubwa, had sacked Ubah, the Senator representing Anambra South. The judge reaffirmed his ruling on January 17, 2020 and ordered that Mr. Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) be recognised as the winner of the election.

However, on Thursday, Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, in a suit filed by Ubah, stopped INEC from issuing a Certificate of Return to Uzor.

The Judge noted that the Court of Appeal had already affirmed Ubah’s election on September 9, 2019, and October 29, 2019.

He also noted that the Court of Appeal was the highest court on issues pertaining to National Assembly election appeals.

Ifeanyi Ubah Appeals Judgement Sacking Him From Senate


 

Embattled Senator Ifeanyi Ubah says he has filed a suit at the Court of Appeal to challenge the judgement which removed him as the lawmaker representing Anambra South senatorial district.

He disclosed this to Channels Television on Saturday a day after a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in the Bwari area of Abuja reaffirmed his sack.

Ubah explained that appealing the judgement of the court was important because it lacked the jurisdiction to giving such ruling.

He stressed that neither him nor his party – the Young Progressives Party (YPP), was served the court notices when the case was brought before the court.

The embattled lawmaker said, “Even in the Electoral Act; anything after the announcement of an election (result) is a post-election which should go through the Tribunal, not FCT High Court.

“Even the FCT High Court has no territorial jurisdiction over this matter. The matter was a matter which took place in Anambra South senatorial district.”

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A file photo of a court gavel.

 

“In the court record, I was not served; which is still till date. Our party doesn’t run on rubber stamp; our party runs on seal stamp and there is a name they claimed is the party’s secretary who is not known to the party,” he added.

Giving his ruling on Friday, Justice Bello Kawu of the FCT High Court had refused to reverse the judgement of the court delivered in December which removed Ubah as a member of the Senate.

He, however, ordered that Mr Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who had challenged Ubah’s victory in the February 23 poll, be recognised as the winner of the election.

The judge also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to Uzoh, the applicant, as the senator-elect in the district.

In his prayer, the PDP candidate had claimed that his YPP counterpart presented a forged National Examination Council (NECO) secondary school certificate to INEC, which enabled him to contest the Anambra South senatorial election.

He asked that Ubah’s party be disqualified for not conducting a primary for its candidates in the poll.

UPDATED: Court Reaffirms Sack Of Ifeanyi Ubah As Senator

Ubah Accuses PDP Of Injustice, Says 'I Have Not Gained Anything'
A file photo of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

 

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in the Bwari area of Abuja has reaffirmed the sack of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressives Party (YPP).

Senator Ubah was the lawmaker representing Anambra South district in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

In a ruling on Friday, Justice Bello Kawu refused to reverse the judgement of the court delivered in December which removed Ubah as a member of the Senate.

READ ALSO: Appeal Court Upholds Ifeanyi Ubah’s Election

He, however, ordered that Mr Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who had challenged Ubah’s victory in the February 23 poll, be recognised as the winner of the election.

The judge also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to Uzoh, the applicant, as the senator-elect in the district.

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A file photo of a court gavel.

 

Among other claims, the PDP candidate alleged that his YPP counterpart presented a forged National Examination Council (NECO) secondary school certificate to INEC, which enabled him to contest the Anambra South senatorial election.

He also insisted that Ubah’s party should be disqualified for not conducting a primary for its candidates in the poll.

In his judgement, Justice Kawu sacked Ubah and declared that the second defendant in the suit – the YPP – did not have the locus standi, and should not have participated in the election.

Reacting to the judgment, the National Chairman of YPP, Mr Bishop Amakiri, said his party would appeal the decision of the court.

According to him, the court erred in law on the ground that the party was never served with the court processes.

Amakiri added that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain and enter judgment in favour of Mr Uzoh who he said never participated in the senatorial election.

Alleged N135bn Fraud: FG Files Charges Against Ifeanyi Ubah, Capital Oil & Gas Limited

Ubah Accuses PDP Of Injustice, Says 'I Have Not Gained Anything'
Senator Ifeanyi Ubah

 

The Federal Government has filed criminal charges against Senator Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah and his company, Capital Oil and Gas Limited.

The charges, filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos, are related to an alleged N135 billion fraud.

Lawyer to the Federal Government, Mr. Korede Adegoke, on Wednesday informed the court of four pending charges pressed against the defendants and urged the court to accept the charges for the purpose of taking their plea.

In the first charge, the prosecution accused Senator Ubah and his company of conspiring together, sometime between 2012 and 2018, “in making false claims in relation to the actual values of certain assets-transferred to Asset Management Corporation _of Nigeria (AMCON) under the Consent Judgment delivered in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/714/2012 on the 1st day of July, 2013 in partial payment of the indebtedness of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited with a view to defeating the realisation of the said judgment debt of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited to AMCON then standing in the sum of 135 billion naira, contrary to Section 54(1)(a) and (d) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Act, 2010 (as amended)”.

The second charge held that the defendants “made false claims in relation to the actual values of certain assets transferred to AMCON” under the consent judgment, contrary to Section 54(1)(a) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Act, 2010 (as amended).

The third charge read, “That you, Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah, and Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited, sometimes between 2012 and 2018 in Nigeria and within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court, being guarantor and debtor respectively, negligently, willfully or recklessly made a statement or gave information knowing it to be false in relation to the actual values of the assets transferred to AMCON under the Consent Judgment delivered in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/714/2012 on the 1St day of July 2013 in partial satisfaction of the outstanding loan of N135 Billion Naira owed to AMCON contrary to Section 54(2) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Act, 2010 (as amended)”.

In the fourth charge, the defendants were accused of  obstructing the implementation of the provisions of the AMCON Act “vis-é-vis the realisation of part of your outstanding debt of N135 Billion Naira _by frustrating the sale of the landed property at Banana Island to Dayspring Development Company Limited, which property you both transferred to AMCON by virtue of the Consent Judgement delivered by this honourable court on the 1st day of July 2013, in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/714/2012 and which act is contrary to Section 54(5) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Act, 2010 (as amended)”.

The arraignment of the defendants before Justice Nicolas Oweibo was however stalled, as Ubah’s lawyer, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), said his client had not been served with the charges.

Agbakoba also informed the court that a mediation move was ongoing to settle the case out of court.

Counsel to the second defendant, Capital Oil and Gas Limited, Ajibola Oluyede, on his part, confirmed that his client had been served.

“That is why we have filed a notice of preliminary objections challenging the competency of this charge,” he told the court.

In response, the prosecution counsel said he would not hesitate to ask the court for a warrant of arrest for Senator Ubah if he was trying to avoid court proceedings.

After listening to lawyers for the parties involved, Justice Oweibo, adjourned the case since the prosecution had failed to produce the defendant in court.

He adjourned the case till February 13, 2020.

 

Read the full charges below:

COUNT 1

That you, Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah, and Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited, sometimes between 2012 and 2018, conspired together in making false claims in relation to the actual values of certain assets-transferred to Asset Management Corporation _of Nigeria (AMCON) under the Consent Judgment delivered in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/714/2012 on the 1St day of July, 2013 in partial payment of the Indebtedness of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited with a view to defeating the realisation of the said judgment debt of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited to AMCON then standing In the sum of 135 Billion Naira contrary to Section 54(1)(a) and (d) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Act, 2010 (as amended).

COUNT 2

That you, Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah, and Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited, sometimes between 2012 and 2018, made false claims in relation to the actual values of certain assets transferred to AMCON under the Consent Judgment delivered in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/714/2012 on the 1St day of July, 2013 and which assets were transferred in partial payment of the butstanding indebtedness of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited to AMCON with a view to defeating the realisation of the judgment debt ‘of Capital Oil and Gas Industries lelted to AMCON then standing in the sum of 135 Billion Naira contrary to Section 54(1)(a) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Act, 2010 (as amended).

COUNT 3

That you, Ifeanyl Patrick Ubah, and Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited, sometimes between 2012 and 2018 in Nigeria and within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court, being guarantor and debtor respectively, negligently, willfully or recklessly made a statement or gave information knowing it to be false in relation to the actual values of the assets transferred to AMCON under the Consent Judgment delivered in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/714/2012 on the 1St day of July 2013 in partial satisfaction of the outstanding loan of N135 Billion Naira owed to AMCON contrary to Section 54(2) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Act, 2010 (as amended).

COUNT 4

That you, Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah, and Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited, sometimes between 2012 and 2018 in Nigeria and within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court, did obstruct the implementation of the provisions of the AMCON Act vis-é-vis the realisation of part of your outstanding debt of N135 Billion Naira _by frustrating the sale of the landed property at Banana Island to Dayspring Development Company Limited, which property you both transferred to AMCON by virtue of the Consent Judgement delivered by this honourable Court on the 1St day of July, 2013 in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/714/2012 and which act is contrary to Section 54(5) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Act, 2010 (as amended).

Gunmen Attack FC Ifeanyi Ubah Players In Kogi

 

Suspected armed robbers have attacked the players and members of the coaching crew of FC Ifeanyi Ubah (FCIU).

The Anambra-based team came under attack by gunmen dressed in National Youth Service Corps uniforms on Friday afternoon in Kogi State.

A statement from the management of FCIU explained that the team were on their way to Kano for their Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) match against Jigawa Golden Stars before the incident occurred.

“This is to inform the general public that at about 1:30pm today, players of FC Ifeanyi Ubah (Anambra Warriors) who were travelling to Kano for their scheduled NPFL matchday 6 fixture against Jigawa Golden Stars ran into a group of armed robbers dressed in NYSC uniforms, operating at Kabba junction, near Lokoja in Kogi state,” said.

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Although no life was lost in the attack, the driver of the bus was said to have been shot with some members of the coaching crew and players critically injured.

The injured persons were already being treated and were responding to treatment at a medical facility.

The club’s management called on the Federal Government and football regulatory bodies in the country – Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the League Management Company (LMC) – to intensify security efforts.

They asked the government to ensure the safety of teams who often have no choice than to travel long distances by road, especially clubs owned by private investors for the growth and development of football in Nigeria.

The club also urged its fans, well-wishers, and Nigerians in general to keep the entire management, coaching staff and players of FC Ifeanyi Ubah in their prayers.

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Anambra South: Appeal Court Upholds Ifeanyi Ubah’s Election

A file photo of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

 

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu State has affirmed the election of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah as the lawmaker representing Anambra South district in the National Assembly.

In a lead judgment delivered on Tuesday by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, the appellate court upheld the decision of the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal.

It, therefore, dismissed the appeals of Mr Chris Uba of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Senator Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for lacking merit.

In his reaction, Senator Ubah who contested the election on the platform of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) commended the judgement.

He said it was a clear indication that the third arm of government was the last hope of the common man, Anambra South, and Nigeria at large.

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The lawmaker commended the judiciary for rising up to its solemn responsibility of ensuring that justice prevailed without fear, favour, or prejudice.

He also appreciated the disposition of Mr Nicholas Ukachukwu of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), who accepted the election result in good faith and opted to respect the will of the people.

Senator Ubah, however, stretched a hand of fellowship to Mr Uba, Senator Uba, and Mr Ukachukwu, as well as urged them and the electorate to join hands with him to actualise the task of rebuilding and developing Anambra South Senatorial zone.

On the other hand, the APGA member representing Idemili North and South Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr Ifeanyi Ibezi, lost to Mr Obinna Chidoka of the PDP.

Tribunal Dismisses Chris And Andy Uba’s Petition, Upholds Ifeanyi Ubah’s Victory

 

The Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Awka, Anambra State on Monday upheld the victory of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah in the February 23rd National Assembly election, thereby dismissing the consolidated petitions of both Chris Uba of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Tribunal’s ruling dismissed Chris and Andy Uba’s petition on the basis that it it was lacking in merit.

Reacting to the ruling, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah in a communique on Monday said the verdict in his favour is an attestation of both “the perfect will of God and the irrefutable choice of the good people of Anambra South at the February 23 polls”.

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Senator Ubah also stated that the ruling reinforces the confidence that the people have in the judiciary.

The lawmaker further stressed that his victory is a good development for the advancement of democracy in Nigeria, adding that the judiciary has shown it is indeed the last hope for all.

He dedicate the victory to God, his wife, children and to his party.

Ninth Assembly: APC Governors Meet Ahead Of Inauguration

National Assembly Must Reconvene Immediately APC
National Assembly Complex (file)

 

Ahead of the inauguration of the ninth National Assembly billed for Tuesday the 11th of June, Governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC as-well-as the party’s National Working Committee NWC are currently meeting in Abuja with the APC caucus of the incoming National Assembly.

The meeting holding behind closed doors is also being attended by a stalwart of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah who is a Senator-elect.

This is the second meeting held by the APC governors forum this week, ahead of the inauguration of the ninth national assembly billed for Tuesday the 11th of June.

The progressive governors’ forum met yesterday in Abuja where they endorsed the choice of Senator Ahmed Lawan for the position of Senate president.

The chairman of the forum, governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state explained that their decision was aimed at ensuring that the partys decision is not jettisoned by lawmakers elected under the APC platform.