The battle for the governorship seat of Abia State continued today in the Supreme Court located in Abuja. Lawyers of Dr. Uche Ogah, Dr. Alex Otti and that of Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu were present all through the legal fireworks from all the parties.
A seven-man panel of Justices of the apex court led by Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed, adjourned to enable Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and a contender for the governorship seat, Dr. Uche Ogah to file written briefs in opposition to Otti’s application.
Meanwhile, before the matter was adjourned, Ikpeazu and Ogah who both belong to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, through their respective counsel, opposed the joinder request, insisting that Otti has no business in the case. Ikpeazu and Ogah told the apex court that the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal had in a Judgement it delivered on August 18, struck out the same application.
However, while addressing the apex court on Tuesday, Otti’s lawyer, Chief Patrick Ikwueto, SAN, sought a reversal of the appellate court’s decision to enable his client to be heard. Ikwueto sought to invoke section 22 of the Supreme Court Act that would empower the apex court panel to consider whether trial Justice Abang was right when he sacked Ikpeazu and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to issue Certificate of Return to Ogah instead of Otti that came second in the gubernatorial contest.
Consequently, while the panel gave Otti five days to file his brief of argument, it gave the respondents seven days each to file their responses. More so, the apex court granted Ogah leave to amend his substantive notice of appeal against the appellate court judgment that reversed Ikpeazu’s removal as Abia State Governor.
Justice Mohammed said the court would communicate new hearing date to all the parties.
Culled from Abia Facts News