Enugu 2015: No order stopping PDP from submitting Ugwuanyi's name, Says Party

By The Citizen

The Enugu State Chapter of the Peo ples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday debunked media reports over an alleged court order, saying that there was no court order restraining it from submitting the name of Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to the Independent Nation al Electoral Commission (INEC), as its candidate in the 2015 governorship elecĀ­tion.

The explanation from the party came following media reports that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had on Thursday ordered the PDP not to submit Hon. Ug wuanyi's name to the INEC.

The party in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary in the state, Dr. Okey Eze, described the reports as, 'Mischief by inordinate power seekers who would stop at nothing to undo the will of the people as duly and freely expressed during the December 8, 2014 governor ship primary election held in the state.

'For the avoidance of doubt, there is no injunction whatsoever restraining the PDP from submitting the name of its validly elected candidate, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, to the INEC.

'For the avoidance of doubts, there are two cases on the Enugu governor ship primary pending before Justice S.E Chukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja and both cases were heard on Thursday, December 18, 2014. The first is Sen. Ayogu Eze vs. PDP in which Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi was joined following an application by his counsel, P.I.N Ikwueto (SAN). The second case is Dr. Samuel Onyishi vs. the PDP.

'The fact is that Sen. Ayogu Eze's initial applica tion for an ex-parte order to restrain the PDP from sub mitting Hon. Ugwuanyi's name to INEC was refused by the court as he was asked to put the PDP and INEC on notice.

“On the suit filed by Dr. Samuel Onyishi against the PDP challenging the out come of the governorship primary election, the party said that 'although Dr. Onyishi's counsel, Chief Chris Uche (SAN) had asked the court to make an interim order restraining the PDP from submitting Hon. Ugwuanyi's name to the INEC, at no time did the court grant any such request,” he said.