Anambra: INEC, Obiano, others reject ‘joinder’ motion
The motion for joinder filed by Dr. Chike Obidigbo, a factional candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance in the 2013 Anambra governorship election, was on Friday opposed by the counsel representing Chief Willie Obiano.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the motion was also opposed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mr. Tony Nwoye, Sen. Chris Ngige and the Peoples Democratic Party at the Justice Ishaq Bello-led Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Awka.
Counsel to Obidigbo, Mr. Oba Maduabuchi, had sought to join the factional candidate as a respondent in the petitions as well as an order directing the respondents to serve him with processes.
“We have sufficient interest in the petitions; we have by exhibits shown that the name of the applicant (Obidigbo) was submitted to INEC as a candidate in the election.
“The exhibits are judgments recognising Chief Maxi Okwu as the national chairman of APGA who duly nominated Obidigbo as the candidate of the party.”
In opposing the motion, however, counsel to Nwoye, Mr. George Igbokwe, told the tribunal that the application for joinder was self-defeating.
“This application, if granted, will invariably result to an amendment of our petition by virtue of the Electoral Act, 2010.
He contended that none of the exhibits presented by Maduabuchi declared Obidigbo as the winner of the said election.
Also opposing the motion, the counsel to INEC, Mr. Mathew Ugwuocha, said the commission’s list of candidate for the poll clearly stated Obiano’s name as the APGA candidate.
“As an umpire in the election, INEC has no dealing with the applicant; besides, form 001 was not submitted for or on behalf of the applicant in the election,” Ugwuocha argued.