Obiano floors Ngige, others at Appeal Court

Posted by News Express | 16 April 2014 | 3,316 times

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An attempt by the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (APC) in the November 2013 Anambra governorship election, Senator Chris Ngige, to reverse the decision of the Anambra State Election Tribunal, Awka, has suffered yet another setback at the Court of Appeal Enugu.

The lower tribunal had earlier refused to allow all objections by counsels to be consolidated into the final address for speedy dispensation of justice; a position that was upheld by the Court of Appeal Enugu. However, delivering judgment yesterday on the appeal No: EPT/CA/E/02/2014, Hon. Justice Peter Olabisi Ige struck out the plea of Ngige’s lawyers.

Also affected were appeals by Dr. Chike Obidigbo, EPT/CA/E/05/2014 and EPT/CA/E/06/2014, where the court refused to grant the request to determine the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for the election.

The panel of five appellate court judges headed by Hon. Justice Abdulkadir Jega granted 70 per cent of the rulings in favour Governor Willie Obiano in the interlocutory appeals arising from the Anambra Election Tribunal. The court, however, said that the tribunal can revisit certain paragraphs concerning the issue of alleged double registration which had been determined by an Anambra State High Court, Otuocha Division.

Already, Governor Obiano’s lawyers have appealed the decision to allow the tribunal to revisit a matter already adjudged and determined by a court of competent jurisdiction. The matter is expected to be heard by the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Of all the appellants Chris Ngige had already closed his case at the tribunal while that of Comrade Tony Nwoye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is still pending.

•Photo shows Governor Obiano of Anambra State.

Source: News Express

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