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Nwa-Anyajike loses candidacy bid in court

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has struck out a suit filled by Okwudili Nwa-Anyajike against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), over the removal of his name as candidate of the National Rescue Movement (NRM) in the 2023 Presidential Election.

Delivering judgment, Justice Nkeonye Evelyn Maha struck out the suit on the grounds that it was filed out of time.

In the suit, Nwa-Anyajike had asked the court to compel INEC to recognise him as the authentic presidential candidate of the NRM having emerged victorious in the presidential primaries held on the June 2, this year.

However, in the final list of presidential candidates, INEC published Osakwe as the presidential candidate of the party, rather than Nwa-Anyajike.

The Plaintiff had in a letter written to INEC, alleged a plot by some persons in the party to forge his withdrawal letter, remove his name as candidate of the party and replace him with another candidate.

Justice Maha acknowledged the letter written by the plaintiff but held that the corresponding suit should have come within 14 days of the letter written to INEC.

Speaking to journalists after the judgement, National Publicity Secretary of the NRM, Iliasu Samila Adamu said the party was shocked with the decision of the Court adding that the judgment will be appealed. 

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; Editing by Muzha Kucha