Legal practitioners have continued to react to the Supreme Court judgement of Friday which nullified every act performed by the Ejike Oguebego-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State.
Some of them, who spoke on the matter, were of the opinion that going by the judgement of the apex court, the implication is outright sack of those occupying the seats contested and won by the Oguebego-led faction and not re-run elections as being speculated in some quarters; adding that the possibility of appeal cannot come into play as the judgement came from the highest court of the land
Part of such act which the court nullified was the nomination of former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, and a former aide to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Andy Ubah as Senators representing Anambra South and Anambra Central respectively. To replace them, according to the apex court, are Chris Ubah (Anambra South) and Annie Okonkwo (Anambra Central).
In a unanimous judgment by a five-man panel of justices that was delivered on Friday, the Supreme Court nullified the election that produced the entire contingent of federal lawmakers from Anambra State, as fielded by the Oguebego-led PDP faction.
It would be recalled that the Anambra State Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Ejike Oguebego had dragged the PDP, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Chukwudi Okasia-led faction of the PDP over the validity of the state’s party leadership.
Reacting to this, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana said there should be no controversy over the apex court’s ruling, adding that Andy Ubah and Stella Oduah can only appeal to God.
“Andy Ubah and Stella Oduah are no longer members of the Senate. They have been sacked by the highest court in the land and there should be no confusion about it. Both of them can only appeal to God. The Supreme Court’s judgement has removed them, and that is final. The Supreme Court in its judgement said both of them were not candidates of the faction recognised by PDP. What this means is that the faction of the party that nominated them was involved in an illegality. A Federal High court had earlier made the same ruling. Therefore that is the end of the matter,” he stated.
Also reacting, a constitutional lawyer, Wahab Toye, noted that, there is nothing complex in the judgement of the apex court; noting if the court nullified the existence of a group, automatically, all the actions of such group becomes null and void.
“If the Supreme Court held that Oguebogo faction is not recognized in law, any office holder that emerged from such a group stands removed, even, if the Supreme Court did not make that categorical pronouncement, it is a trite law that something cannot stand on nothing.”