A self-styled whistleblower, Nze Ebubeagu Ekenulo has approached an Abuja Federal High Court for relisting of a suit he filed in 2014 challenging the qualification of Senator Hope Uzodimma, representing Imo West Senatorial zone in the National Assembly.
Defendants in the suit are the Senate, the President of Senate, Peoples Democratic Party, INEC and Senator Hope Uzodimma, 1st to 5th defendants respectively.
Specifically, Ekenulo, relying upon proper reading and interpretation of Sections 57, 68(1)(b) and Section 65(2)(a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, wants to know whether the 5th defendant (Uzodimma) “who had no School certificate when he contested in 2011 election can continue to be a member of the Senate.
Among other questions, the plaintiff wants the court to answer whether, “upon proper reading and interpretation of Sections 57, 68(1)(b) and Section 65(2)(a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, the 5th defendant (Uzodimma) who had no School certificate can contest any election recognized by the 1999 Constitution.
At Thursday’s proceedings, the plaintiff’s counsel, K.C Nwufor (SAN) told the presiding judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed that he had filed an application dated March 10, 2017 seeking to relist the suit.
Uzodimma was not in court and no lawyer announced appearance on his behalf.
In view of this, the court said for the benefit of doubt, hearing notices should be served on Uzodimma and the other defendants.
Consequently, the matter was adjourned to May 24.
By the suit marked FHC/Abj/CS/769/2014, the plaintiff is praying for an order citing Uzodimma for trial for perjury for lying under oath that he possessed school certificate when he contested the 2011 senatorial election.