The Senator, representing Anambra North in the Senate, Stella Adaeze Oduah has been dragged before a Federal High Court in Abuja over an alleged perjury to obtain nomination for the 2023 senatorial election.
Stella Oduah, a former Minister of Aviation, was sued alongside the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC as 2nd and 3rd defendants in the suit respectfully.
A chieftain of the party and Senatorial aspirant, John Okechukwu Emeka instituted the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/841/2022 through his counsel, Mbanefo Ikwegbue.
The Federal High Court was in the suit, asked to issue order restraining Oduah from presenting herself as Senatorial candidate of PDP in the next year election.
The Plaintiff also wants the court to stop PDP from submitting the name of Stella Oduah as its candidate for the Anambra North senatorial election.
Similar order was sought against INEC to prohibit it from accepting Oduah from PDP and also from according her any right or privilege as candidate in the next year election.
Plaintiff predicated his suit on the ground that on October 23, 2014, Stella Oduah allegedly committed perjury by making affidavit on oath that she lost original copy of her National Youth Service Corps NYSC discharge certificate when indeed, she possessed none.
He further claimed that the Senator committed another perjury in INEC form CF001 in 2015 and 2019 wherein she allegedly used false information to obtain nomination for the 2015 and 2019 senatorial elections.
The PDP Chieftain relied on a letter of May 24, 2022 by the Director General of the NYSC to the effect that Stella Oduah did not complete a mandatory one year service with the Corps and was not issued with discharge certificate or letter of exemption.
Maintaining the Senator breached sections 2 and 12 of the NYSC Act, the plaintiff prayed for an order nullifying the nomination of the first Defendant as PDP candidate for the 2023 senatorial election for Anambra North.
Plaintiff also asked the court to compel PDP and INEC to submit his name as the candidate for the senatorial election having come second in the primary election that produced Oduah as a successful candidate.
Although the plaintiff sought to move ex-parte application for injunction to restrain publishing of name of Oduah, Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo however ordered the plaintiff to put all parties in the suit on notice.
Justice Ekwo subsequently fixed June 23 for definite hearing of the suit.