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Federal High Court Stops INEC From Sacking Ifeanyi Ubah

Jayfred Ugo

Jayfred Ugo

A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Thursday morning, has issued an immediate halt of the sacking of Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah.

The court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Clerk of the National Assembly, and Clerk of the Senate, to disregard the judgment that sacked Ifeanyi Ubah from the Senate.

Recall, that a Federal High court on January 17 sacked Senator Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) for the case of submitting a forged National Examination Council (NECO) certificate, to contest the February 23, 2019, senatorial election.

The judge who sat that hearing, Justice Bello Kawu, denied Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah’s request to suspend the earlier ‘Sack’ order issued in a judgment delivered by the court on April 11, 2019.

However, during inception of a new trial on Thursday, an interim order granted by Justice Taiwo ordered parties in the matter not to take any step to execute the judgment of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory dated April 11, 2019, as well as the second ruling of the same court dated, January 17, 2020, pending the hearing of the motion on notice which Senator Ubah filed before it.

Justice Taiwo, who adjourned the court until February 6 to hear Ubah’s suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/59/2020, said;

“An interim order restraining the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Defendants or their assigns, privies, servants, or any other person acting under them or in concert with them or on their behalf howsoever named from taking any step aimed at giving effect to the Judgment of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja delivered on the 11th day of April 2019 in Suit No.: CV/3044/2018 and the Ruling of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja delivered on the 17th of January, 2020 in Motion No: FCT/HC/M/1631/2019, pending the hearing and determination of the motion of interlocutory Injunction filed herein,”

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