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Appeal Court Sacks Ned Nwoko As Senator-Elect

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By Jumbo Uche

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has reversed the April 3, 2019 judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja ,which sacked Senator Peter Nwaoboshi as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Delta
North Senatorial seat.
Justice Mohammed Idris, in the lead judgment, held that the suit by Nwoko was statute barred and that Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja, ought not to have heard the case and given the judgment he gave in favour of Nwoko.
The three-man panel of the Court of Appeal, in a unanimous judgment on Thursday, held that the Federal High Court had no jurisdiction to have heard the case filed by Ned Nwoko.
On May 11,2019,the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),
withdrew the Certificate of Return it issued to the chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) and Senator representing Delta North senatorial district of Delta state, Peter Nwaoboshi on account of Justice Mohammed’s judgment in April sacking Nwaoboshi as the PDP candidate for the last election in Delta North Senatorial district and among others,while ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accept Ned Nwoko as the party’s candidate.

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