Over alleged criminal acts, a Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra state has ordered that the Senator-elect representing Anambra South Sentarial District, Ifeanyi Ubah be investigated and possibly prosecuted.
Presiding judge, Justice I.B Gafai, gave the order on Thursday.
He also ordered for the prosecution of Returning Officer, Prof M.N Umenweke.
The order bothers on a suit brought before the court by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Chris Uba.
Uba alleged that the criminal acts were committed during the presidential and national assembly election February 23.
The order read in part,” Upon the honourable court having delivered a considered judgement today, it hereby ordered as follows: The 1st Respondent (INEC) shall within 14 days from today conduct or cause investigation into the criminal allegations of the Applicant (Chris Uba).
“Prosecute, if the investigation result so warrants, the third Respondent ( Ifeanyi Ubah)and any other person(s) implicated in its investigation.
“Where it considers it inexpedient to prosecute through its legal officers, consider at its liberty, the appointment of the Applicant’s solicitors in this suit for the purpose of such prosecution”.
Uba also asked for “A further order of mandamus compelling the 1st Respondent to prosecute the second ( Prof MN Umenweke) for announcing or publishing a false result to the effect that the 3rd Respondent had won the election held on the said 23/2/2019 even when they both knew that the said election was inconclusive and from which no genuine result had thereby been generated.”
Ubah who contested under the platform of the Young Progressives Party, YPP defeated Uba brothers, Andy and Chris, who were candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC and the PDP respectively in the senate election.
Ubah polled 87, 081 votes, while closest rival, Chris Uba of the PDP got 62,462 votes. Nicholas Ukachukwu, candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA scored 51,269 votes while incumbent Senator, Andy Uba of the APC scored 13,245 votes.
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