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Abia State Supreme Court update: February 15th 2017

Here are the breakdown of today's Supreme Court update on the governorship tussle between Dr. Uche Sampson Ogah, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and Dr. Alex Otti.
Ikpeazu is Ogah: Abia State Supreme Court update: February 15th 2017
Ikpeazu vs Ogah
Recall that Dr. Alex Otti had requested a bid to join the case at the last Supreme Court sitting, which his request was granted, and the appeal filed by his lawyer was today, called up at the Supreme Court for hearing.

Below is the Excerpt:

As court begin hearing,  the counsel to Alex Otti asks the Court to adjourn the matter to enable them file their briefs of argument and take part in the three appeals pending before the court today.

BREAKING: Gov Ikpeazu wins Uche Ogah [Abia Supreme Court Update 12th May 2017]

But Lead Counsel to Governor Ikpeazu, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN opposes the application asking the court to disregard the application and proceed with the business of the day.

According to Chief Olanipekun, the application by Otti is very strange because they are not parties to the suit, describing them as interloping persons, not merely interlopers.

The Court, after a brief pause rules that the matter for the day should proceed advising all counsel to strictly adhere to the issues that led them from the court of appeal to the Supreme Court.

Also counsel to Uche Ogar, Dr. Alex Izinyon, SAN concluded his arguments on the three appeals.

The summary of his arguments is that their case is hinged on false information and not forgery of tax papers, and as such the Court of Appeal was in error when it made a decision based on forgery.

He asks the Court to overrule the Court of Appeal and allow their appeal but the Court did not said any word.

Meanwhile, counsel to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN now has the floor.

Counsel to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN concluded his rather lengthy submission.

His argument is that the trial court was in grave error when it based its findings on forgery when the plaintiffs founded their case on false information.

According to the Chief, even if Ikpeazu were not a public officer at the material time, tax and its payment are not conditions precedent for elections into the office of the Governor under the 1999 Constitution.

He drew the court's attention to its latest decision in the Cross River State case where it held recently that any issue outside the key qualifying conditions in the constitution cannot disqualify any person from contesting.

He urged the court to affirm the judgment of the Court of Appeal and dismiss the present appeal as empty and lacking in merit.

Counsel to the PDP, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN has also just concluded his own submissions and also urged the court to throw away the appeal as being frivolous.

UPDATE:INEC lawyer Submits.

His argument is that once the Constitution has outlined what qualifies a candidate to run for an election and such candidate has complied with those conditions, no other law in this country can be relied upon to disqualify the person.

He ended by asking the Court to dismiss the appeal as vexatious and frivolous.

More details coming...

Finally, the Supreme Court of Nigeria has reserved judgment till the 12th day of May 2017.


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