By Okey Maduforo Awka
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday stopped the swearing in of Dr Obinna Uzor as the senator representing Anambra South Senatoral District.
According to the presiding judge Hon Justice Taiwo Taiwo the clerk and Senate President as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC are restrained from issuing certificate of return to Uzor and his swearing in.
It would be recalled that Sen Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressives Party YPP had approached the court praying for a stay of execution of the judgment delivered by Hon Justice Bello Kawu in which it ordered the clerk and Senate President to swear in Uzor and for INEC to issue certificate of return to him as senator.
Ubah has also filed an appeal challenging the judgment of Hon Justice Bello Kawu at the court of Appeal.
According to the presiding judge it ordered;
AN INTERIM ORDER of this Honourable Court restraining the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Defendants or their assigns, privies, servants, or any other person acting under them or in concert with them or on their behalf howsoever named from taking any step aimed at giving effect to the Judgment of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja delivered on the 11th day of April, 2019 in Suit No.: CV/3044/2018 and the Ruling of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja delivered on the 17th of January, 2020 in Motion No: FCT/HC/M/1631/2019 PENDING the hearing and determination of the Motion of interlocutory Injunction filed herein.
In SUIT NO: FHC/ABJ/CS/59/2020 filed by Distinguished Senator Patrick Ubah, the Court restrained the following:
The Independent National Electoral Commission , The Clerk of the National Assembly of Nigeria, The Clerk of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from giving effect to the judgment of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja dated the 11th of April, 2019 and the Ruling of the same Court dated the 17th day of January, 2020 PENDING the determination of the Motion on Notice before the Court.
Dr. Obinna Uzoh is the 4th Defendant in the suit.
The matter has been adjourned to 6th February, 2020 for hearing of the Motion on Notice.