…as appellate court strikes out motion seeking leave to appeal Owerri judgment
The tussle for the leadership of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has swung in favor of High Chief Jude Okeke and Hon. Chukwuma Umeoji, as the special panel of the Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu a few hours ago struck out the motion filed by former APGA factional chairman, Chief Edozie Njoku, seeking to appeal against the judgment of Justice B. C. Iheka of the Imo State High Court which declared Umeoji APGA Anambra governorship candidate and Jude Okeke APGA as national chairman.
The appellate court in its ruling striking out the motion upheld the argument of counsel to Chief Okeke that the motion is an abuse of court process and must be struck out.
The court thereafter awarded a cost of N50, 000 in favor of Chief Okeke.
Furthermore, the halfhearted attempt by Chief Victor Oye to appeal against the same judgment was also stalled as his lawyers failed to compile the records of the High Court to the Court of Appeal.
The High Court had a week ago granted Oye leave to appeal against the judgment.
It seemed to lawyers in the matter that Chief Oye was not confident about any sort of success in the appeal, hence the halfhearted approach to the appeal.
Again, Chief Okeke withdrew the motion seeking to appeal against the controversial judgment of the Awka High Court citing the validity, efficacy, and comprehensiveness of the Owerri High Court judgment.
However, upon noticing that Chief Okeke had withdrawn the Motion, Chief Victor Oye hurriedly filed a counter-affidavit against the Motion which had already been withdrawn.
Based on the voluntary withdrawal of the Motion, the court dismissed the Appeal and this is not a consequence of any victory for Chief Victor Oye as the judgment would be eventually set aside at the appropriate time and forum.
From the events at the Appeal Court, Chief Okeke has swung back to be favorite to eventually emerge victorious as there is, for now, no return date for any appeal against the judgment of Owerri High Court which upheld Jude Okeke as chairman of APGA and Hon. Chukwuma Umeoji is the governorship candidate of the party.
Reacting, Hon. Umeoji described the Appeal Court judgment as a victory for Anambra people and their determination to have him elected as their next governor.
Umeoji said all preparations have been concluded for the official launching of his Governorship campaign called Operation to take the campaign to the people (door to door) which will give APGA landslide victory.
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