Abia Governorship: Appeal Court dismisses APGA’s application

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Alex Otti, APGA governorship candidate in Abia

Alex Otti, APGA governorship candidate in Abia

The Court of Appeal in Abuja, on Friday, dismissed the application of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Abia state, Dr. Alex Otti, to be joined in the appeal over the removal of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu from office by the Federal High Court, Abuja.

In a unanimous decision, a five-man panel of justices of the appellate held that Otti and his party lacked the locus standi to be joined as interested parties in appeal that arose from verdict of the lower court.

The court ruled that the gamut of the dispute that was resolved by trial Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on June 27, bordered on qualification or otherwise of Ikpeazu to participate in the governorship primary election the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, held on December 8, 2014.

It held that since the issue related to qualification of candidates to be nominated or sponsored by the PDP, neither Otti nor APGA had the legal right to meddle in an inter-party affair of another political party.

The appellate court described Otti as “a meddlesome interloper and busy-body”, stressing that under section section 87(9) of the Electoral Act, 2010, only those that participated in the PDP primary could question the outcome.

“The applicant who is a member of another political party has no locus to query process of nomination of another party.

“He is merely a busy body who has no locus to appeal against the whole decision of the lower court regarding the governorship primary election conducted by the 2nd Respondent on December 8, 2014.

“The applicants (Otti and APGA) had the onus to show the interest they have and how the judgment of the lower court adversely affected them.

“The applicants do not have sufficient legal grievance. …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper