Appeal Court Dismisses Suit To Disqualify Natasha Akpoti’s Candidature
The Court presided by Justice Bature Gafai upheld the argument of her Counsel Mister Johnson Usman, that the Deponents of the affidavits in support of the originating summons who were not delegated cannot challenge the delegate election.
While relying on the certified true copies of the delegate election results and the primary election tendered by Akpoti-Uduaghan, the court upheld that the election of Akpoti-Uduaghan, and dismissed the appeal for lack of merit.
The appellant, Adamu Atta, had in his originating summons alleged that Akpoti-Uduaghan did not win the primary election of the PDP for Kogi Central Senatorial District for the 2023 General election and therefore her nomination should be nullified.
The senior lawyer in his preliminary objection against the legal action relied on section 97 of the Sheriff and Civil Process Act to establish that the originating summons was incurably defective and incompetent having not been endorsed in line with provisions of the law.
Besides the incompetence of the originating summon, Akpoti-Uduaghan had in her counter-affidavit averred that the primary election conducted on 25th May 2022 was monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission and that she validly won, attaching the result, delegates list, and INEC report. Continue reading