Court defers Uba’s guber suit to Oct 13

The Court of Appeal, Enugu hearing the suit filed by Chief Andy Uba, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Supreme Court-annulled 2007 elections in Anambra State, to reclaim the seat which he lost after serving for 17 days as the chief executive on Monday deferred the case to October 13, 2009 when it would resume hearing in the suit.

In it, Uba is asking the court to order his automatic swearing -in as the winner of the polls upon the expiration of the tenure of incumbent Governor Peter Obi on March 17, 2010.

The adjournment of the case followed the receipt of an application from Chief Nwafor Orizu (SAN), counsel to the first respondent in the case and a governorship aspirant of the PDP in Anambra State, Chief Nicholas Ukachukwu that he had filed for adjournment of the case pending the ruling of the Supreme Court in his application seeking for an order that elections be conducted in the state on February 6 next year as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Ruling on the application which was only opposed by counsel to the appellant, Chief Wole Olanipekun, Justice J. S. Ngwuta noted that the court would wait to get the apex court’s decision on the matter before taking a position, since in his view, it would amount to setting a wrong precedent if divergent views were expressed on the matter.