– Counsels in the Abia state governorship saga has said that All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Alex Otti cannot appeal on the matter
– The counsels said that any appeal by Otti will amount to a “mere academic exercise”
Alex Otti, gubernatorial candidate for Abia state All progressives Grand Alliance
Counsels in the ongoing hearing of the leadership tussle in the Abia gubernatorial election matter has said the candidate for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Alex Otti cannot appeal on the matter.
During the hearing of the Abia state election matter at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, September 27, counsels to Sampson Ogah and Otti differentlyfiled three motions seeking the leave from the apex court.
But in their objections, Wale Olanikpekun, counsel to the Abia state governor Okezie Ikpeazu and Alex Iziyion for Ogah said the APGA candidate’s application was not granted at the lower court.
They also said that Otti’s application become party in the matter cannot be heard at the apex court.
Olanikpekun said addressing an application after judgement have been given on the main matter is tantamount to a“mere academic exercise”.
Having heard the counsels’ submissions, the seven-man panel ofjustice led by Mahmud Tanko, however allowed Otti’s counsel Patrick Ekueto submit his application.
Tanko however noted that the court will later decide whether such attempts amount to academic exercise as submitted by Olanikpekun.
On adopting the motions filed by the parties, the court adjourned the matter to allow counsels file their brief of arguments.
The lead judge also said that an agreed date for substantive hearing on the matter would be communicated to parties involved.
The appeal at the Supreme Court came after the Court of Appeal nullified the judgement made by Justice A bang of the Federal High Court on June 27.The Appeal court while deciding on the rightful occupant of the Abia state governor’s seat said that justice A bang committed Democratic rap in his judgement on the matter.
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Created at 2016-09-27 13:43:52
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