By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Hearing continued on Wednesday in Abuja in an Appeal Court case filed by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi over the nullification of his position as Senator- elect.
Counsel to Nwaoboshi , Tony Idigbe (SAN) in opening his submission, urged the court to jettison the April 3rd 2019 Federal court judgement against Nwaoboshi as the suit which the lower court relied on was filed out of time and therefore statute – barred.
In his counter submission, counsel to Ned Nwoko Ahmed Raji ( SAN) asked the court to dismiss the appeal as it was defective, null and frivolous.
Qouting diverse legal authorities and landmark records, Nwoko s counsel said Nwaoboshi’s lawyer relied on issues that are not known to law and never emanated from the high court judgement.
He noted that the extraneous grounds stated in the submission by counsel to Nwaoboshi was like telling a lie against the lower court .
The lawyer said the issues put forward were taken before an FCT high court and not federal high court.
The learned counsel ,Raji who spoke with ornate brilliance amidst pin – drop silence and admiration said Nwoko’s case was not statute – barred, because time limit concerning the matter was legally predicated on 3 grounds – PDP Primary election, decision of the party and INEC action of name publication.
He explained before the appeal court that the Crux of Nwoko’s case was rooted in the wrongful action of INEC to have published Nwaoboshi”s name based on the incongruous decision of the PDP as consequence of a primary election freely won by Ned Nwoko.
He said the ACTION of wrong publication of Nwaoboshi name by INEC instead of presentation of Nwoko ‘s name is the issue for determination and cannot be statute barred as the relief Nwoko filed was far ahead of constitutionally required time limit .
In conclusion Nwoko’s lawyer expressly asked the court to dismiss Nwaoboshi’s appeal for lack of merit and uphold the judgement of the federal high in favour of Nwoko.
The appeal Court hall which can only accommodate 70 people was filled to capacity . A team of Ned Nwoko’s men led by his campaign DG. Hon . Leo Esegbue were on hand to witness the proceedings.Also in court were the director, contact & mobilization Dr. Mike Nwoko , director media and strategic communication, comrade Norbert chiazor , Dr Chris Okobah, Personal assistants to Nwoko, Mohammed Bolgo and Godwin Osemene , Frank Nwandu among others.
Meanwhile judgement is reserved heralding what promises to be an interesting outcome.