Court Upholds Wada’s Election As Kogi Governor, Awards Cost Against Echocho

(m) at 30-08-2012 09:24AM (7 years ago)

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A Federal Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday upheld the election of Idris Wada as governor of Kogi State, effectively putting paid to the governorship aspirations of Jilbrin Isah, aka Echocho, who had earlier won a primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) conducted in 2011.

Ruling on the matter, Justice Abdul Kafarati dismissed Isah’s suit seeking to unseat the governor and as well awarded cost of N100,000 cost against him for bringing such frivolous case to court.

He held that the case lacked substance and upheld the argument of Wada's lawyer, Chief Chris Uche, that it was an abuse of court process since the proper place for the plaintiff to channel his grievances is an election tribunal.

The judge added that since Isah did not participate in the election, he lacked the locus standi to challenge its result, adding that the case was filed at a wrong court by a wrong person and deserved to be dismissed. He did, accordingly.

The plaintiff, Isah, had asked the court to declare him the nominee to contest for the office of the Kogi State governor under the Peoples Democratic Party.

While INEC and Wada argued that the Supreme Court judgment in the case of former Bayelsa State governor, Timipriye Sylva against INEC supported their case, Isah's lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) disagreed.

Arguing Wada's case, Chief Chris Uche (SAN) had said, “There is nothing unique about the plaintiff's case because there is a precedent of a similar misadventure, which recently ended in misfortune at the Supreme Court.”

He said that every right claimed by Isah on the basis of the January primary, which he won, had been extinguished by the Supreme Court because the two cases were similar.

Idbabe (f) at 30-08-2012 10:39AM
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ajanni (m) at 30-08-2012 10:56AM
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ajanni (m) at 30-08-2012 10:57AM
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Quote from: ajanni on 30-08-2012 10:56AM
money at work