Me­laye’s re­call: Court con­sol­i­dates APC suit

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By John Chuks Azu

AFed­eral High Court in Abuja has joined the suit by the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) and an­other be­fore it, all op­pos­ing the re­call of Se­na­tor Dino Me­laye by the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC).

Jus­tice Nnamdi Dimgba, yes­ter­day, ruled that the out­come of the suit be­fore him, will af­fect the one filed by the Kogi State APC No: FHC/ABJ/CS/601/2017, which was be­fore Jus­tice John Tsoho.

The ap­pli­ca­tion for con­sol­i­da­tion, which was brought by lawyer to the Kogi State APC, D.O. Atoyebi, was not op­posed by the par­ties in court.

Jus­tice Dimgba also ad­mit­ted five vot­ers from Kogi West Sen­a­to­rial Dis­trict as co-plain­tiffs in the suit. They are Mrs. Iya­bose Owolabi, Afo­labi Ola­funke, Santa Grace Fo­lake, Sal­ihu Ab­dul­lahi and Michael Olowolaiyemo.

The judge also ad­mit­ted Chief Olowo Cor­nelius, John An­jorin and Malam Yusuf Adamu as co-de­fen­dants in the suit.

He also ap­proved the ap­pli­ca­tion by Me­laye’s coun­sel, Nkem Okoro, amend­ing the re­liefs sought in the orig­i­nat­ing summons.

Nkem wanted the court to de­clare the INEC guide­lines for the re­call process as in­valid, il­le­gal and un­con­sti­tu­tional.

The judge, there­fore, di­rected all the coun­sels in the mat­ter to file and ex­change their replies based on the new ap­pli­ca­tions in the suit be­fore the next ad­journed date.

INEC had re­leased guide­lines for the re­call of Me­laye (APC, Kogi West), fol­low­ing the re­ceipt of a pe­ti­tion pur­port­edly signed by 188,000 vot­ers in the con­stituency be­fore a court in­junc­tion stalled the process.

The case has been ad­journed to Au­gust 11 for hear­ing.

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