Kogi: Court dis­misses INEC’S ap­peal against Akpoti

The Punch - - POLITICS TODAY - Mu­di­aga Affe

ACourt of Ap­peal in Abuja has dis­missed the case in­sti­tuted by the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion chal­leng­ing the in­clu­sion of the gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date of the So­cial Demo­cratic Party, Natasha Akpoti, in the Novem­ber 16 elec­tion in Kogi State.

A Fed­eral High Court presided by Jus­tice Fo­lashade Ogun­banjo-giwa, on Novem­ber 7, 2019, had or­dered INEC to re­store Akpoti as the can­di­date of the SDP in the gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion.

The elec­toral body, how­ever, ap­pealed the rul­ing.

but, be­fore the case with suit num­ber CA/A/1123/2019 be­tween INEC and Akpoti was dis­missed, the coun­sel for INEC, Al­has­san Umar (SAN), pleaded that the case should be with­drawn since the elec­tion had been con­cluded.

“We re­spect­fully ap­ply that the ap­peal is with­drawn since the elec­tion which is the sub­ject of the mat­ter had been con­ducted,” he said.

In his re­sponse, coun­sel for the re­spon­dent, Mr A.S.

Ogua­jamma, con­ceded to the re­quest.

In the cer­ti­fied copy of the judg­ment which was made avail­able to our cor­re­spon­dent on Jan­uary 10, 2020, Jus­tices Stephen Adah, Em­manuel Agim and Mo­hammed Idris, dis­missed the ap­peal af­ter the ap­pel­lant had with­drawn the mat­ter.

“The ap­peal, hav­ing been with­drawn by the ap­pel­lant is hereby dis­missed un­der Or­der 11, Rule 5 of the rules of this court,” they said.

In her re­ac­tion to the dis­missal, Akpoti said her un­just dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion by the elec­toral body on Septem­ber 24, 2019, caused her great loss of fol­low­er­ship and votes in the elec­tion.

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