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Court gives INEC 14 days to investigate Ifeanyi Ubah, Returning Officer

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Court gives INEC 14 days to investigate Ifeanyi Ubah, Returning Officer

A Federal High Court in Awka has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to investigate the Senator-elect for Anambra South, Ifeanyi Ubah, and the Returning Officer who declared him winner, Professor M.N. Umenweke, within 14 days over criminal charges leveled against them following the February 23 elections.

Backstory: Justice I.B. Gafai gave the order on Thursday in response to an application for an order of mandamus by the senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Chris Uba.

  • Uba urged the court to compel INEC to prosecute the two men following disorderly conduct recorded at the Nnewi North Local Government Area that led to the announcement of the result, which was allegedly inconclusive.
  • Umenkwe had prior to the declaration, stated that he was making his announcement under duress, but recanted his statement to announce Ubah as the winner of the election.

The court ruled that INEC should investigate within 14 days and “prosecute, if the investigation result so warrants, the third respondent (Ifeanyi Ubah) and any other person(s) implicated in its investigation.”

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