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S’Court dismisses Ararume’s petition over Imo by-election [update]

The Supreme Court has, on Friday, dismissed two applications presented by Senator Ifeanyi Ararume wherein he sought to be recognised as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last Imo North Senatorial District by-election held in Imo State.

A five-man panel of the court upheld the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Owerri division in two separate judgments.

The appellate court had nullified the proceedings and decisions in the suit filed by Lady Uchenna Onyeiwu Ubah before the Federal High Court, Owerri.

Reading the judgment on Friday, Justice Tijani Abubakar said:

“I hold the view that the lower court (Court of Appeal) was right in coming to the conclusion that the first respondent (Ibezim) was shut out and denied of his right to be heard as a necessary party in the suit at the trial court (Federal High Court).

“Therefore, the proceedings of the trial court constitute a nullity and must be struck out. Appellant’s appeal, therefore, lacked merit and it is hereby dismissed.

“The decision of the lower court, setting aside the judgment of the trial court is hereby affirmed. Parties are to bear their respective costs,” Justice Abubakar said.

Other members of the panel, Justices Augie, Uwani Abba-Aji, Samuel Oseji and Emmanuel Agim, all agreed with the lead judgment.

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