The Court of Appeal sitting in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, has declared Valentine Ozigbo as the authentic candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Anambra governorship election scheduled for November 6, 2021.
A three-man panel of justices led by the President of the Court of Appeal, Honorable Justice Monica Dongban- Mensem, made the declaration on Friday, following an appeal filed by Ozigbo.
The court held that the appeal challenging the judgment of the Awka High Court, which barred him from parading himself as the PDP candidate in the coming election, had merit and was allowed to stand.
The appellate court also set aside the decision of the lower court, declaring it null and void.
The court also awarded the sum of N10 million in favor of Ozigbo.
It, thereafter, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to publish the names of Ozigbo and his running mate as the duly elected candidates of the PDP in the forthcoming election.
While urging INEC not to allow itself to be distracted in preparation for the election, the court advised the electoral body to wait for the decision of the Supreme Court, and not hurriedly comply with the judgments of trial courts.
INEC had dropped Ozigbo’s name in July from the list of candidates for the election in obedience to a court order.
However, he stated that INEC’s reliance on a court order in not publishing his name as the PDP candidate was “a matter of procedure and temporary”.
The PDP candidate insisted that the party had forwarded only his name to INEC as its candidate for the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra.