The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented the certificate of return to Delta North Senatorial Candidate in the last election, Sen Ned. Nwoko, having been declared the winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial primaries by an Abuja Federal High Court.
Recall that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had refused to hear the application brought by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi for an order restraining the INEC from issuing the certificate to Nwoko in respect of the senatorial district.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed in a brief ruling refused to hear Nwaoboshi’s motion on the grounds that the court lacked the jurisdiction to do so.
According to him, the Court of Appeal had already taken charge of the matter.
Justice Mohammed had on April 3, 2019 sacked Nwaoboshi as senator-elect representing the senatorial district.
In sacking the senator, the court had held that Nwaoboshi was not the winner of PDP primary held on October 2 2018, conducted to nominate its senatorial candidate for Delta North district in the 2019 general election.
Consequently, Justice Mohammed ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Nwaoboshi as winner of the election held on February 23 and issue Nwoko with a new certificate of return.
The court in addition, ordered INEC to immediately publish the name of Nwoko as the rightful candidate of the PDP, having established the fact before the court that he scored a majority of the lawful votes in the primary.
In the ruling, he also ordered Senator Nwaoboshi to stop parading himself as the candidate of the PDP for the Delta North senatorial district.