The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has declared Valentine Ozigbo as the validly elected candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Anambra Governorship election slated for November 6, 2021.
According to reports, a three-man panel of justices led by the President of the Court of Appeal, Honorable Justice Monica Dongban- Mensem, made the declaration on Friday, the 3rd of September 2021, following an appeal filed by Ozigbo.
The court held that the appeal challenging the judgement of the Awka High Court, which barred him from parading himself as the PDP candidate in the coming election, had merit and was, therefore, allowed.
It also set aside the decision of the lower court, declaring it null and void and ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to publish the names of Ozigbo and his running mate as the duly elected candidates of the PDP in the forthcoming Anambra election.
The appellate court also awarded the sum of 10 million naira in favour of Ozigbo.
Recall that back in July, INEC dropped Ozigbo’s name from the list of candidates for the election in obedience to a court order.