NIGERIA’S Supreme Court today dismissed all the appeals brought by Chief Chris Uba and Dr. Obinna Uzor challenging the election of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah as the Senator Representing Anambra South Senatorial District.
The apex court delivered the judgement in a unanimous verdict of it seven-man panel.
Reading the lead judgment, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, held that the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) which had earlier heard the matter lacked the territorial jurisdiction to determine a matter that arose from the primary election conducted in Anambra State.
According to him, the cause of action emanated from Anambra State and not the FCT.
At the hearing of the appeals brought by Chris Uba and Obinna their Counsel Chief Akin Olujimi for Uba, and Chino Obiagwu for Uzor had urged Supreme Court to set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal which had voided the judgment of Justice Bello Kawu of the FCT High Court.
They predicated their case on the grounds that the FCT High Court has territorial jurisdiction over pre-election matters among other issues raised in the appeal, because as they argued, what determines the cause of action is the originating process.
But counsel to Senator Ubah, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu urged the apex court to dismiss the appeals on the grounds that the FCT High Court lacks the territorial jurisdiction to entertain a cause of action that emanated from Anambra State and not the FCT.
Reacting to the judgment of the Supreme Court, Senator Ubah dedicated the judgment to God who he said has remained his backbone.
“I give God all the glory that this has come to pass. I dedicate this victory to God and the people of Anambra South who have stood by me through all this trial. I equally dedicate this victory to my dear Wife, Uche, whose birthday is today.
We can settle down to deliver on our electoral promises to my constituents. I thank the justices of the Supreme Court for standing for truth and justice. This is has once again shown that our Justices cannot be intimidated,” Uba stated.