By Yemi Oyeyemi, Abuja.
After over two hours of fierce legal fireworks by lawyers, the Supreme Court is set to deliver judgment in a suit challenging the candidacy of Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).
The apex court decision set to be made known by 12 noon will determine whether the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN will be allowed to fly the flag of APGA in the November 6 gubernatorial pol
Justice Mary Peter Odili who presided over the proceedings earlier today announced that final decision of the court will be made known in an hour’s time.
At the time of this report, palpable tension and apprehension have enveloped the premises of the court with the two camps anxiously awaiting the court decision.
The Court of Appeal Court sitting in Abuja had in September ordered Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to recognize Prof. Charles Soludo as candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance.
The three member Justices’ panel headed by President of the Appeal Court, Monica Dongban Mensem had also declared Victor Oye as National Chairman of APGA.
Justice Jummai Sankey while delivering ruling on the appeal filed against Sylvester Ezeokenwa and five others,held in a unanimous decision that the appeal constituted an abuse of court process, having been bound by the decision of the Kano division of Court of Appeal that affirmed Chief Oye as APGA national chairman.
The panel said it lacks jurisdiction to do what the appeal by Chief Edozie Njoku and Chinedu Okoro was seeking as it can not sit on appeal of its previous decision.
The sum of ten million naira was therefore awarded against the appellants, in favour of Sylvester Ezeokenwa and APGA who are the first and second respondents in the appeal.