The Supreme Court has on Wednesday, February 24, delivered verdict on the status of Senators Stella Oduah, Andy Uba and other lawmakers elected under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Anambra State.
Ruling on the matter, the Apex court stated that, “the court shall not review any judgement given by it, as stated in the court rules.
“The judgement of this Court is final as reflected in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. On the whole I hold the view that this court has no jurisdiction to entertain this motion from INEC, this matter is hereby stuck out.”
Earlier, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had filed a case to the Supreme Court seeking clarity on its ruling on the 29th of January 2016 that reinstateD Mr. Ejike Oguebego as the Chiarman of the PDP in Anambra State.
The Court said the issue of primaries was not included in the appeal that came before it, as the matter was filed at the High Court, even before primaries were held.
The Justices pointed out that the Supreme Court had ruled severally that only the National Executive of a party can forward a list to INEC, and since INEC said it was the National Executive that did that, and not the caretaker committee, then there was no contest.
At the beginning of the hearing the motion for clarification of judgement, preliminary objections were raised, questioning the jurisdiction of the court to hear such a motion.
The court maintained that it was not its own judgement that it re-instated the earlier rulings of the High Court.
The court added that the High Court had ruled on the issue, but was overturned by the Appeal Court. It said it only set aside the judgement of the Appeal Court, and restored the judgement of the High Court.
It then asked the Counsel to the INEC, Chief Awomolo, to convince the court that it had jurisdiction.
The Supreme Court held that there was no issue of primaries before it as the case was filed in the High Court even before primaries and was therefore baffled that INEC would claim ignorance of its judgement.