Appeal Court reserves judgment in suit seeking Kogi APC gov candidate’s  disqualification 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja Division on Wednesday, adjourned indefinitely to deliver judgment in an appeal by a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in Kogi state, Abubakar Achimugu against a judgment of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja which affirmed Ahmed Ododo as the APC standard bearer for the November 11, 2023 governorship election in the state.

The appeal was against the judgment of Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court, Abuja delivered on July 18, which held that Ahmed Ododo can lawfully continue to fly the flag of the APC in the November 11, 2023 governorship election in Kogi State.

Achimugu had approached the trial court with a suit seeking to disqualify Ododo from contesting the November 11 governorship election on grounds that he did not resign his employment with the Kogi State public service  30 days before contesting the governorship primary election.

Achimugu, in a Notice of Appeal filed on July 21 through his counsel, Josiah Daniel-Ebune said  Justice Egwuatu erred in law and occasioned a miscarriage of justice when he held that Ododo and Salami Deedat (2nd and 3rd defendants) duly resigned their appointment and thus, not caught up with the mandatory provision of what the law requires them to do before they participated in the APC’s governorship primary election for Kogi state held on April 15, 2023.

He said the trial court also erred in law when, in dismissing his suit, ignored the uncontroverted evidence regarding the credibility of the two purported letters of resignation exhibited by the APC, Ododo, and Deedat, and expressly rejected his paragraphs 5.2 – 5.4 of his reply address of the imperative of Ododo and Deedat lodging the said purported letters of the resignation along with their expression of interest form with APC within the 30 days required by the law, by holding that such contention is not supported by any law.

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Achimugu said the trial Judge erred in law and misconceived the purport of his originating summons by holding that he changed his case from the original contention and was therefore not consistent in presenting the case, by approbating and reprobating, as a result, he prejudged the amended originating summons and thereby came to an erroneous decision dismissing his suit.

According to Achimugu, the trial court erred in law in misapplying the provision of Section 306(2) of the constitution and the cases of Yusuf Vs Governor of Edo state and Zubair Vs Mohammed to the facts and issues in his case and occasioned a miscarriage of justice, among other grounds.

He asked the appellate court for an order setting aside the judgment of the trial court and granting all his reliefs sought in his amended originating summons.

A three-member panel of Justices of the appellate court, presided over by Justice Muhammed Shuaibu reserved the date for judgment in the appeal after the parties adopted their written addresses

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