Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Former senators of Anambra-central senatorial district have made passionate appeal to the candidate of the Social Democratic Party for Anambra-central in the 2019 national assembly elections, Barr. Tony Chukwuelue, to discontinue his lawsuit on the unlawful exclusion of his name and political party from the ballot papers by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The position of the former representatives of the zone was contained in a press release jointly signed by ex-senators Ebenezer Ikeyina, Ben Ndi Obi, Annie Okonkwo and Ikechukwu Abana and issued to journalists in Awka yesterday.
They said the press release was issued with regard to the election petition filed by Chukwuelue challenging the result of the 2019 Anambra-central senatorial district election on grounds of unlawful exclusion by INEC during the national assembly elections held on 23rd February this year.
The former senators noted that inasmuch as they recognise a candidate’s right or political party’s right to challenge the conduct or result of an election at the tribunal, they were also of the firm view that Anambra-central could not afford to go through another endless post-election litigation as it was the case in 2015 which they said had negative impact on the senatorial zone for 3 years.
They maintained that though they were aware of the SDP candidate’s constitutional rights to seek redress in court, they also pleaded that there should be an end to the incessant legal battle in the zone to enable the people of Anambra-central to get the representation they craved for.
However the past senators of the zone implored Chukwuelue to sheathe his sword for peace to reign supreme in the zone so that Anambra-central would not experience another political deprivation in the current dispensation on account of protracted legal battles.
When contacted on the issue, the SDP candidate, Chukwuelue, said he would address a press conference on the development.