Anxiety In Anambra Central As Appeal Court Decides On Sen. Umeh LP Candidacy
The expectations of some people that Sen. Victor Umeh will not be on the ballot may end up as a pipe dream as the Court of Appeal, Awka, Anambra State will on Thursday Feb. 23 enter a ruling on his appeal challenging his disqualification.
Umeh, candidate of the Labour Party for Anambra Central Senatorial District was on Jan. 27 disqualified by a Federal High Court, Awka presided over by Justice Nganjiwa following a suit challenging his candidacy by Sen. Uche Ekwunife and her party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Umeh in his appeal argue that the defendants did not have the locus to challenge his nomination by Labour Party and that the judgment of the trial Court should be discountenanced.
Chief Alex Ejesieme SAN, Counsel to the Labour Party had told the court that there were plethora of judgments on related matters which ruled that such suits were initiated by meddlesome interlopers.
Justice Olubunmi Oyewole, the presiding Judge of the panel, had on Feb. 15 reserved ruling on the matter after counsel to the appellant and respondents adopted their written arguments.
Oyewole said that the court would communicate the date for the judgment to the parties after going through their written addresses.
A reliable source told the reporter the ruling would be read on Thursday.
Umeh, is candidate of Labour Party in the Senatorial District of Mr Peter Obi, a frontline presidential candidate.