Ben Ezechime, Enugu
The Senatorial candidate of Labour Party (LP) for Enugu East Senatorial District, Oyibo Chukwu, has approached the Federal High Court (FHC) Abuja seeking the disqualification of Senator Chimaroke Nnamani from contesting the 2023 Enugu East Senatorial District election.
According to him, the ground upon which he brought the said action was that Chimaroke cannot validly contest the said election because he has been expelled from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a member.
In the said suit Chukwu contended that Section 66(2)(b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria made it compulsory that for a person to be qualified to contest for an election in Nigeria, he must be a registered member of a political party.
He further contended that, Sen. Nnamani, having been expelled as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been disqualified to contest the said election.
“That the Nigerian electoral system does not recognise independent candidacy hence Senator Chimaroke Nnamani has lost his candidacy in the PDP consequent upon his expulsion,” he said.
The suit was said to have been filed at the Federal High Court Abuja through his Counsel Chukwudi Igwe Esq.
Chukwu confirmed the report through Norbert Okolo, spokesperson for LP and media adviser to the Deputy Governorship candidate of the labour party, Dr John Nwokeabia.
Ikengaonline recalled that, Sen. Nnamani, alongside seven other party members including the son of former Governor of Ekiti State Ayo Fayose, were recently expelled by the PDP for anti party.