… Appeal Court decision based on non-compliance with section 285(11) of the 1999 Constitution
Special Appeal Panel of the Court of Appeal sitting in Kano has dismissed the Motion filed by Chief Edozie Njoku seeking leave of the Court to appeal as an interested person against the Jigawa State High Court judgment which declared Hon. Chukwuma Umeoji is a candidate of APGA.
The Court held that the Motion was filed outside the constitutionally provided time of 14 days as provided by Section 285 (11) of the Constitution
which demands that such Motion be filed within 14 days. The Court held that by filing the Motion on 22nd July 2021 Chief Edozie Njoku was out of time and it was an incurable defect to the Motion which made it deserving to be dismissed.
The panel, however, granted the application of Chief Victor Oye to appeal as an interested person and fixed Thursday, July 5 for a hearing of the Appeal. The fate of Chief Victor Oye and Prof Chukwuma Soludo
still precariously hangs in the balance as the journey is far and campaigns will soon commence.
In their respective reactions, High Chief Jude Okeke and Hon. Chukwuma Umeoji both hailed the Court of Appeal decision as a victory for the Anambra people, saying the will of the people will eventually prevail.
They urged their supporters to continue their mobilization for victory unhindered, as the Appeal Court will eventually uphold the judgment of the trial High Court.
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