PDP Primaries: Nwoko Wants Nwaobushi’s Appeal Dismissed For Lack Of Merit

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Prince Munir Nwoko
By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
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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.

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