By Editor
Senator
Mao Ohuabunwa has dragged the winner of the Febraury 23 National A
ssembly
election,
former Governor Orji Kalu to
court.

Orji Uzor Kalu

Ohuabunwa
lost his bid to return to the senate to the former Abia governor, Kalu in the February
poll.
He is
asking a Federal High Court in Umuahia, Abia State, to restrain the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognising Kalu as senator to
represent Abia North in the 9th Senate.
Kalu of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
had defeated Ohuabunwa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). But the PDP
candidate has begged the court to stop INEC from presenting a certificate of
return to the former governor.
Ohuabunwa campaign organisation said in a
statement that the senator decided to challenge his defeat in court after the
electoral body refused to act on his two petitions dated February 24 and 25,
demanding that a run-off be conducted in the senatorial district in accordance
with Section 33 (e) Rule 17 E (e) of the commission’s guideline.
“As law abiding citizens, we have today filed
a suit before a Federal High Court , Umuahia, Abia State , asking it to
restrain INEC from issuing a certificate of return to the All Progressives
Congress’ candidate , Chief Orji Uzor Kalu , in the said inconclusive election
in Abia North.
“The
PDP candidate , Senator Ohuabunwa, in the exparte motion filed by his lead
counsel , Chief Ukpai Ukairo , is asking the court to stop the commission from
recognising the APC candidate as duly elected .
“The organisation had earlier in a petition to
the commission insisted that it would amount to double standard for INEC to
issue certificate of return to Kalu despite our petition,” the statement read.

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