Court of Appeal Upholds Senator Nwaoboshi’s Removal
The Court of Appeal in Asaba has affirmed the removal of Senator Peter Nwaoboshi as the senator-elect for Delta North Senatorial District.
Justice Olubunmi Oyewole, delivering the judgment via Zoom, declared Nwaoboshi’s appeal lacking in merit.
In April, the Federal High Court in Abuja had invalidated Nwaoboshi’s election as the senator-elect for Delta North Senatorial District.
The judgment came in response to a suit filed by Mr. Ned Nwoko, challenging Nwaoboshi’s candidacy in the October 2, 2018 primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed, in his ruling, determined that Nwaoboshi was not the rightful candidate of the PDP in the primary election.
He directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to publish Nwoko’s name as the PDP candidate, affirming that Nwoko secured the highest number of votes in the primary.
Additionally, in September, the National and State Houses of Assembly Election Tribunal in Asaba dismissed a petition from the All Progressives Congress (APC) against Nwoko, filed by Senator Nwaoboshi.
The Tribunal imposed a cost of N500,000 on the petitioner.
In the recent appeal (suit numbered CA-AS-EP-SEN-DL-36-2023), Nwaoboshi contested the tribunal’s judgment with INEC and Ned Nwoko listed as the Respondents.
Justice Oyewole, in delivering the ruling, concluded that the appeal lacked merit and was subsequently dismissed. No costs were awarded.
The decision of the Court of Appeal affirms Nwoko’s position as the senator-elect for Delta North Senatorial District.