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Court strikes out request for Ebonyi PDP guber ticket review

The Supreme Court of Nigeria has struck out a request by a governorship aspirant in Ebonyi state, Senator Obinna Ogba to review its final judgment of September 14, 2022 which upheld Chief Ifeanyi Odii as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the state in the 2023 elections.

The Apex Court presided over by Justice Amina Augie struck out the request following the withdrawal of a motion to that effect by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Paul Erokoro who was counsel to Senator Ogba.

When the matter came up for hearing, Chief Erokoro had attempted to argue for a prayer for the Supreme Court to review its earlier judgment which recognized Odii as the PDP governorship candidate but withdrew the processes filed on behalf of his client when it became apparent that the Apex Court would not yield to the request.

Following the withdrawal, Justice Amina Augie struck out the request.

Before the withdrawal, counsel to the Respondent, Chief Chris Uche, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria had opposed the request of the factional governorship candidate on the grounds that it was unmeritorious and constituted a gross abuse of the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court had on the 14th of last month, in its judgment in an appeal, affirmed Ifeanyi Odii as the authentic PDP governorship candidate having emerged from a primary election conducted by the National Working Committee of the party.

The Court struck out an appeal on the grounds that the issue of nomination of candidates for elective office was an internal affair of political parties and that no court had jurisdiction to entertain it.

However, dissatisfied Obinna Ogba returned to the same court seeking a review of the September 14 judgment, but was withdrawn by his counsel.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu, Editing by Omotola Oguneye