wpid-Governor-of-Anambra-state-Chief-Willie-Obiano-on-stage-480x360.jpgBy James Eze

An attempt by the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (APC) 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. Delivering judgment on the appeal No: EPT/CA/E/02/2014 Hon Justice Peter Olabisi Ige, struck the plea of Ngige?s lawyers.

Also affected were appeals by Chike Obidigbo, EPT/CA/E/05/2014 and EPT/CA/E/06/2014 where the Court refused to grant the request to determine said it cannot the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

The panel of five appellate court judges headed by Hon Justice Abdulkadir Jega granted seventy percent 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?s is still pending.

?James Eze


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