An Abuja Federal High Court today granted the motion by S I Ameh, SAN, lawyer to aggrieved All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship aspirants challenging the nomination of Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, to withdraw the names of Senate Minority Leader, Senator Dr George Akume, and the party’s state chairman, Comrade Abba Yaro from the suit.
Justice Evoh Chukwu who presided over the case also refused to refer it to the Court of Appeal and decline jurisdiction as requested by counsel to the defendants, Sebastian Hon, SAN, and adjourned the matter to Friday, 13th March, 2015, for mention.
In his ruling on several motions on preliminary issues which he consolidated and ruled upon Justice Chukwu stated that the plaintiffs could continue proceedings against the third and fourth respondents which are the APC and the National Independent Electoral Commission, INEC.
Hon, SAN, who appeared with 10 other lawyers including Barristers Rhoda Ako and Michael Gusa, stated that he and the others were studying the ruling and would act appropriately.
He said it was the same plaintiffs who had joined Senator Akume and Comrade Yaro who chose to withdraw their names from the case.
According to him the development had no adverse implications for the defendants. Others
One of the aggrieved aspirants, Rt Hon Emmanuel Jime, was personally in court.
Another, Professor Steve Ugbah, has been appointed Director General of Chief Dr Ortom’s governorship campaign organization.