The senator representing Anambra-South District on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Andy Uba, who was sacked by the Supreme Court on Friday, has called for calm among his supporters, saying the verdict of the apex court did not affect his seat in the Senate.
In a statement from his office in Abuja, the senator said he was not a party to the suit, just as his name or his seat was not mentioned at any stage of the suit, which commenced in 2014 at the Federal High Court.
It would be recalled that a five-man panel of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, unanimously affirmed an earlier verdict delivered by Justice Evoh Chukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja on December 15, 2014, which had affirmed the Ejike Oguebego-led executive committee of the party, along with the primaries conducted by it, and its list of candidates that emerged from the exercise.
The judgment in effect nullified the list submitted by a caretaker committee headed by Augustine Akobundo to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, nominating Uba, his Anambra-South and Anambra-North counterparts, as well as other state and National Assembly legislators from Anambra State as PDP flag bearers in the 2015 general elections.
However, Senator Uba, in the statement, said the issue in contention, in the case decided by the Supreme Court, was on the chairmanship of the Anambra State chapter of the PDP and the constitution of its State Executive Committee.
The former Special Assistant on Special Duties and Domestic Affairs to ex-President Olusegin Obasanjo, stressed that the wrong and false interpretation being given to the verdict of the apex court was a calculated mischief planned by certain politicians in Anambra State who are simply interested in confusing issues.
Uba said, “They are just raising a false alarm. National Assembly election matters do not get to the Supreme Court. The Court of Appeal is the terminal point. Also, there are no pre-election issues concerning my candidacy.
“Those who think they can get through the back door what our party members and the electorate did not give them are the ones giving this wrong interpretation to the verdicts delivered today.
“I have directed my lawyers to engage the Supreme Court so as to clear this mischievous information being peddled by some politicians”.