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PDP Rejects High Court Judgement on Imo North Senatorial Bye-election

March 22, 2021
Press Statement
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejects in its entirety, the March 18, 2020 judgment by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, which ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue Certificate of Returns to Sen. Ifeanyi Araraume within 72 hours.
This judgment further heightens our fears that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-controlled Federal Government is bent on using certain officials within our judiciary to suppress the opposition and subvert the will of the people.
Our party wonders how could a matter which has been decided by the Supreme Court be overruled by a Federal High Court
It was clear to all that the Supreme Court on February 5, 2021, upheld the ruling of the Court of Appeal, which nullified the candidature of Sen. Ifeanyi Araraume as APC candidate for Imo North senatorial district bye-election. That verdict of the Supreme Court put to rest the candidature of Sen. Ifeanyi Araraume.
It is therefore bizarre that a Federal High Court presided over by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, which Sen. Ifeanyi Araraume had approached to declare him the authentic candidate and order INEC to issue him Certificate of Returns had done so in flagrant disregard to the Supreme Court ruling on same matter.
Our party holds that this is a direct miscarriage of justice, which poses great danger not only to our democracy but also to our survival as a people and should not be allowed to stand.
For the records, our candidate for the December 5, 2020, Imo North senatorial bye-election, Chief Emmanuel Okewulonu, polled the highest valid votes cast at that election since courts of competent jurisdictions disqualified the two APC candidates, Sir Frank Ibezim and Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, less than 24 hours to the election.
On the strength of the disqualifications, the names of these two candidates were conspicuously excluded by INEC in the final list that was released. They were not part of the total election process.
Moreover, INEC’s refusal to declare Chief Emmanuel Okewulonu of PDP winner after the election quickly sold the electoral umpire out as being under heavy influence of superior power.
Had INEC done the needful at the time of the election by declaring Chief Okewulonu the winner, we would not have come to the current sorry pass where conflicting judicial orders are being churned out every second.
We therefore reject this recent judgement and call on INEC to handover the Certificate of Returns to Chief Emmanuel Okewulonu, who is the authentic winner of the Dec 5, 2020 Imo North senatorial bye-election, sequel to the ruling of the Supreme Court.
Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

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The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, today successfully moved the Senate to restore Ethiope West (Jesse-Mosogar) State Constituency 1 which shall henceforth have an elected member in the Delta State House of Assembly. The Obarisi of Urhoboland had earlier on December 10, 2020 also moved the Red Chamber to restore Abraka State Constituency to elect its own member to the House of Assembly.

2.0. Following a detailed motion by the DSP during today’s plenary, the Senate unanimously adopted a resolution approving the immediate restoration of Ethiope West State Constituency 1 as a separate and distinct State Constituency in line with relevant provisions of the Constitution.

3.0. Senator Omo-Agege presented compelling facts supported with valid and subsisting judicial pronouncements confirming that Ethiope West State Constituency 1, which consists of Jesse Ward I, Jesse Ward II, Jesse Ward III, Jesse Ward IV, Mosogar Ward I and Mosogar Ward II, was arbitrarily and unjustifiably suppressed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

4.0. The DSP’s re-election to the Senate is a privilege and a mandate for more courageous, qualitative, and progressive representation for our people. Today’s resolution is yet another fruitful evidence of that. It proves his seamless capacity to network with other leaders to advance our people’s strategic interests. This will continue, as he is totally committed to his solemn duties.

5.0. It can only get better through God Almighty who gives grace, strength, and excellence. May the good Lord protect our Obarisi in Jesus name.


Prince Efe Duku
Special Adviser to the DSP on Legislative & Plenary Matters