The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has declared Valentine Ozigbo as the valid governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State
A three-man panel of justices led by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, held that an appeal filed by Ozigbo was valid.
The appeal had challenged the judgement of the High Court in Awka which earlier declared Ugochukwu Uba as PDP’s candidate and barred Ozigbo from parading himself as the party’s candidate in the election.
But in its ruling, the appeal court set aside the lower court’s decision and declared it null and void, while also awarding N10 million litigation cost against Uba.
The ruling may see the listing of Ozigbo among candidates cleared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
INEC had removed the party from the list due to different suits filed by Ozigbo and Uba at the different courts.