Imo gov pe­ti­tion: Supreme Court fix Thurs­day for judg­ment

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

The Supreme Court yes­ter­day fixed Thurs­day 29, Oc­to­ber for judg­ment in the gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion mat­ter be­tween Imo State gover­nor, Owelle Rochas Oko­rocha of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress, (APC) and the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), con­tender, Emeka Ihe­dioha.

The Ap­peal Court judg­ment had reval­i­dated Oko­rocha’s man­date but Ihe­dioha, former deputy speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives was un­happy with the de­ci­sion and ap­pealed to the Supreme Court.

Be­fore the Judg­ment day was fixed yes­ter­day, a full panel of seven Jus­tices of the apex court presided over by Jus­tice John Fabiyi lis­tened to ar­gu­ments from all par­ties.

The elec­tion pe­ti­tion tri­bunal sit­ting in Ow­erri, had ear­lier struck out and dis­missed Ihe­dioha’s pe­ti­tion chal­leng­ing Oko­rocha’s elec­tion. But Ihe­dioha headed to the apex Court.

Gover­nor Oko­rocha’s team of lawyers is led by Chief Adeniyi Ak­in­tola (SAN) who sus­tained an ar­gu­ment that Ihe­dioha had aban­doned the pe­ti­tion hav­ing failed to do all the need­ful af­ter fil­ing, in­clud­ing the pay­ment of the ap­proved fee within the time limit.

Oko­rocha’s coun­sel had filed a mo­tion to that ef­fect, ask­ing the tri­bunal to strike out Ihe­dioha’s pe­ti­tion and quoted ex­ten­sively both the elec­toral law and the con­sti­tu­tion and other le­gal author­i­ties to back his sub­mis­sions.

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