A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has upturned the election victory of a member of the House of Representatives, Idu Emeka Godwin, representing Onitsha North/South federal constituency from the House.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola who gave the order while delivering judgment on Thursday, held that the plaintiff, Lynda Chuba-Ikpeazu was the authentic candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the March 28, 2015 elections and ordered the Independent National Election Commission (INEC), to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Idu Emeka Godwin, issue a fresh certificate of return to Chuba-Ikpeazu, and asked the leadership of the House of Representatives to swear her in as a member of the 8th National Assembly after holding that she was wrongly substituted.
Chuba-Ikpeazu who won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election conducted on December 7, 2014 had in the suit challenged her substitution with Idu Emeka Godwin by the party.
Lynda Chuba-Ikpeazu may now shun the limelight, but this beautiful daughter of Chief Justice Chuba Ikpeazu, nearly thirty years ago was thrust into the limelight when she won the maiden edition of Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria. She would later represent Nigeria at Miss Universe, but achieved greater success as the winner of Miss Africa 1987, making her the first MBGN to win an International pageant. She faced criticism after declaring in interviews that her greatest love was money, and Nigerians were unable to pay her.
After her reign, Chuba-Ikpeazu worked in the oil industry before branching into politics. She was a member of the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2003. In 2004, Chuba-Ikpeazu won the Nigerian National Assembly election, representing Onitsha North-South federal constituency as a candidate of the PDP.
A qualified lawyer, she is now a partner at Ikpeazu Chambers, a law firm owned by her father.