The coast is now clear for Saturday’s scheduled election for Anambra Central senatorial district.

The Court of Appeal on Thursday had refused to stop it from taking place.

The electoral commission, INEC, had fixed January 13 for the election to fill the seat that has been vacant since 2015 due to various court cases.

INEC’s decision followed a 2017 judgement by the Court of Appeal. However, after that judgement, the Peoples Democratic Party secured a Federal High Court order that one of its aspirants for the original election in 2015, Obiora Okonkwo, be declared the winner and sworn in as senator.

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The PDP has since asked INEC not to proceed with Saturday’s election; a stance opposed by the governing party in the state, APGA.

While that controversy raged, a former senator, Annie Okonkwo approached the Court of Appeal seeking to be the PDP candidate for Saturday’s election.

According to a statement sent by an INEC official, Rotimi Oyekanmi, “Okonkwo approached the Court of Appeal as an interested party. He argued that he was the rightful candidate of the PDP for Anambra Central Senatorial District election 2015.”

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