The Senator representing Abia North, has asked a Federal High Court in Umuahia to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission from recognising former Governor Orji Kalu as the winner of the February 23 senatorial election in the district.
Senator Mao Ohuabunwa who contested the election on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party also asked the court to stop INEC from presenting a certificate of return to Kalu who governed Abia State from May 29, 1999, to May 29, 2007 as a People’s Democratic Party governor.
But, Orji Kalu contested for the Senatorial Seat under the All Progressives Congress.
However, in a statement issued yesterday by his campaign organisation, Senator Ohuabunwa claimed that the decision to go to court was taken after the electoral body failed to act on his two petitions dated February 24 and 25, demanding that a run-off be conducted in the senatorial district in accordance with Section 33 (e) Rule 17 E (e) of the commission’s guideline.
“As law abiding citizens, we have today filed a suit before a Federal High Court, Umuahia, Abia State, asking it to restrain INEC from issuing a certificate of return to the All Progressives Congress’ candidate, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, in the said inconclusive election in Abia North.
“The PDP candidate, Senator Ohuabunwa, in the exparte motion filed by his lead counsel, Chief Ukpai Ukairo, is asking the court to stop the commission from recognising the APC candidate as duly elected.
“The organisation had earlier in a petition to the commission insisted that it would amount to double standard for INEC to issue certificate of return to Kalu despite our petition”, the statement reads.