Troubling Times For Regina Daniels And Her Husband Ned Nwoko, As Court Of Appeal Nullifies His Election & Withdraws His Certificate Of Return
Nollywood Actress, Regina Daniels and her husband Ned Nwoko, who have been having a series of good and happy times, following their traditional wedding and carnival few days ago, have gotten some news that dampened their spirits.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has sacked Ned Nwoko as the Senator-elect for Delta North Senatroial district and has instructed that his opponent Peter Nwaoboshi be handed over the certificate of return for Delta North Senatorial District.
The couple who have been entertaining friends, and colleagues in dinner bashes in Asaba, may have to abandon all that and head for the courts, as Ned Nwoko has vowed to challenge the decision of the Court of Appeal at the Supreme Court.
With the Court of Appeal’s decision, the Certificate of Return it issued to the billionaire Nwoko, will be withdrawn, and handed to Nwaoboshi.
It would be recalled that the Federal High Court had on April 3, 2019, sacked Senator Peter Nwaoboshi as the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for Delta North Senatorial seat. And his Certificate of Return was withdrawn by INEC and reissued to Nwoko.
However, Justice Mohammed Idris, in the lead judgment yesterday, held that the suit by Nwoko was statute barred and that Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja ought not to have heard the case, talk more of giving judgment in favor of Nwoko.
The three-man panel of the Court of Appeal, in a unanimous judgment, held that the Federal High Court had no jurisdiction to have heard the case filed by Ned Nwoko in the first place.
The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal thus nullified Nwoko’s emergence as the senator representing Delta North Senatorial District, because the case which resulted in the recognition of Mr Nwoko as the winner of the election, was wrongly filed.
According to the judges, the matter ought to have been brought at the lower court before the expiration of 14 days from the time of the incidence that birthed the suit. But that process was not duly followed.
“As at the time the matter was instituted at the Federal High Court, the case was statute barred. We set aside the decision of the Federal High Court and strike out the case,” the court ruled.
Ned Nwoko has rejected the verdict of the Court of Appeal, and has headed for the Supreme Court, where he is hopeful that the Court of Appeal decision will be overridden.