The member representing Aniocha-Oshimili Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Ngozi Okolie, has described the recent court judgment annulling his election as unlawful.
Okolie stated this at a news conference in Abuja.
He said that the judgment has no legal basis and pledged readiness to appeal the judgment.
Okolie who refuted the court judgement that he contested the election while in office as against the constitution stressed that he resigned before thirty days to the election as enshrined in the constitution.
He noted that a recent court verdict in the Atiku vs Tinubu, APC, ruled that issues of candidacy were the internal affairs of political parties.
The Law maker who stressed that before he contested the Feburary 25th election, the People’s Democratic Party Government in Delta state which he served had stopped his salary which followed his resignation.
Okolie emphasized that the election that brought him into office was the most credible in the state since the nation returned to Democratic Government.
“I didn’t rig any election, God is my witness, people came out emass to vote for me, I’ll beat my chest and say i am the only person in that constituency that have won without rigging” Okolie stated.
Okolie who expressed dissatisfaction with the judgment noted that time was getting closer when Nigerians will resort to native shrines to seek for justice because people no longer believe in the Judiciary.
When asked why he left the PDP, Okolie said he defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to Labour party, LP, to find opportunity in assisting people from his constituency to boost their standard of living.
“I have a lot of friends in PDP, my aim of joining Politics is not to become a member of PDP but to help my community and if I see any opening to help my community I ll jump into it, I wasn’t born PDP, a lot of people have left the party to other political parties and came back and they are more like stakeholders in the party than others, those shouting in Asaba i am more a stakeholder than them” he added.
Meanwhile, the Labour Party has expresssd shock over the judgment by the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba, Delta State, where it sacked Labour Party’s Ngozi Okolie.
A statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Obiora Ifoh in Abuja, says the issue of nomination of candidates as well as membership are internal affairs of the party beyond the jurisdiction of courts adding that It is only a political party that can determine who its members are and who their flag bearer is in an election.
“However it is a notorious principle of law that courts have no right whatsoever to dabble into the internal affairs of political parties as to choose their candidates for them” or decide the status of their membership” Ifoh adds.
The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba, Delta State, declared Ndudi Elumelu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the 2023 House of Representatives election for the district.
Georgina Humphrey, Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Kevin Nwabueze