Senator Obiora Okonkwo

Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has set aside the judgment that pronounced Obiora Okonkwo winner of the March, 2015 Anambra Central Senatorial District election.

The judgement was rendered by Justice John Tsoho on Friday, on the grounds that the facts were presented in such a manner to mislead the court on the two earlier decisions of the Court of Appeal in Abuja on the matter.

Justice Tsoho said despite Okonkwo’s claim that he was not a party to the two appeals, his political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was party to the suits, which are binding on him.

The court added that in order of precedence and hierarchy, the appellate court takes precedent over the high court.

Okonkwo, had in December, 2014 filed the suit of pre-election matter following his substitution with Uche Ekwunife as the PDP candidate at the primary of December 7, 2014.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had fixed January 13 to hold the re-run election.