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Peter Obi Wins! Tenure Extended Until 2010, Andy Uba is Out!

June 13, 2007

Supreme Court in Abuja rules in favor of Peter Obi, he will now complete his tenure as the governor of Anambra State while Mr. Andy Uba, erstwhile household assistant to former President Obasanjo will vacate power immediately since Peter Obi is entitled to stay in office till May 17, 2010.

Supreme Court judgement read by Justice Katsina Alau in a unanimous decision where all the seven member agreed without dissent.

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Wild jubilation across Nigeria, as the most controversial governor, Andy Uba is unseated by the Supreme Court.

Last minute efforts by Andy Uba and Dangote to bribe Supreme Court judges with $7 million failed.

Peter Obi still in London said he will be returning home shortly to take over as the governor of Anambra State for the remainder of his tenure.

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Gov. Peter Obi (born July 19, 1961) was governor of Anambra State in Nigeria from March 17, 2006 to November 3, 2006 and again from February 9, 2007 to May 29, 2007.  He is a member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) party.

He replaced Former Gov. Chris Ngige, whose 2003 election victory was overturned by the Nigerian Federal Court of Appeal on March 15, 2006.

On November 2, 2006, Gov. Obi was impeached by 16 members of the state house of assembly after 7 months in office. He was replaced the next day by Dame Virginia Etiaba, his deputy, making her the first ever female Governor in Nigeria's history.

Peter Obi was re-instated as the Governor of Anambra State again on February 9, 2007 by the Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu.  Mrs. Virgy Etiaba honourably handed the reins of power back to Mr Obi immediately after the court ruling.


Andy Uba: Supreme Court redeems people's power

It is with a sense of national pride and uninhibited hope that the Alliance for Credible Elections received news of the Supreme Court's voiding of Mr Nnamdi 'Andy' Uba's stolen mandate at the April 14 2007 gubernatorial polls in Anambra State. Once again, the Judiciary is consolidating its newfound reputation as the last hope for the common man in the disorganised system of government that is being foisted on Nigerians by our political elite. We commend the men and women of conscience in the Judiciary for this landmark judgement which shall go a long way in restoring confidence in government and democracy.

We believe that the gross acts of injustice meted out on ordinary citizens of this country who turned out en mass to cast their votes in the April elections ought to be redressed before the country can move ahead. ACE Nigeria has categorically stated that it would not recognise the governments that have been constituted on stolen mandates. We did call for cancellation of elections in Anambra and nine other states (as well as the presidential elections) on account of the unconstitutional acts perpetrated in the states, which culminated in swearing in of mandate thieves as leaders.

ACE Nigeria further urges the Judiciary to remain as fearless and courageous as it has become and we pray for unity in its decision with the mass of Nigerians. We also call on Andy Uba and all those who trod the path of dishonour to power to re-examine themselves and know that, beyond all things, there is God who will judge them.

Emma Ezeazu

General Secretary

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