Stella Oduah Defiant, Debunks Supreme Court Verdict Sacking Her, Others From Senate

Stella-OduahThe senator representing Anambra South District, Princess Stella Oduah, has debunked reports that the Supreme Court has nullified her election into the Senate.

There were reports on Friday that the apex court sacked the senators and members of the House of Representatives elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from Anambra State.

The senators affected by the verdict included Oduah and her counterpart representing Anambra South District, Andy Ubah.

The Supreme Court ruling also upheld the High Court’s verdict declaring that the Ejike Oguebego-led PDP executive had the sole right to hold the primaries in Anambra State and declared the list of candidates submitted by the Ken Emeakayi-faction, illegal.

The sacked senators and members of the House of Reps emerged candidates of the PDP in primaries conducted by the Emeakayi faction.

But in an interview late Friday with Channels Television to clarify the judgments purportedly sacking her from office as a senator, Oduah said, “In all its entirety, it is false”.

“I have gone through the court judgment and the judge clearly did not give any judgment to that effect.

“Indeed, what the judgment and the case is all about is state exco and as we all know, state exco do not do election, neither do they submit list.

“So the issue of emergence of candidate, and the issue of candidates that won election was not the issue of this particular case”.

She added that there is a “sister case” for which the Supreme Court has given a similar judgment but they were not related.

“The Judge was very clear on its judgment and it clearly says its not about who emerges or the election but about the legality of the excos”, she said.

Oduah, a former Aviation Minister and current deputy chairperson of the Senate Committee on Women Affairs, said that she was initially baffled when the news of her supposed sacking reached her.

“I was shocked because I knew we went through the right process and its only national executive that submits list to INEC. So the judgment was not against us the candidates of PDP”.