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S’Court Dismisses Suit against Gov Ikpeazu, Fines Plaintiff N4m

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Supreme Court on Friday in Abuja dismissed an application filed by Friday Nwosu, praying the court to disqualify Okezie Ikpeazu as democratically elected governor of Abia.

Mr Nwosu, a governorship aspirant in the 2014 PDP governorship primaries, had challenged the nomination and emergence of Mr Ikpeazu as the state governor on the grounds that he submitted “false’’ tax papers to INEC.

He had urged the court to nullify the election of Mr Ikpeazu and declare him (Nwosu) the governor of Abia.
Justice Amina Adamu-Augie, in the lead judgment, described the appeal as “frivolous and lacking in merit.”

The court awarded fine of N4 million against the appellant (Nwosu) to be paid N1 million each to four respondents to the appeal.

The respondents in the suit are Samson Ogah, the Peoples’ Democratic Party, (PDP), Mr Ikpeazu and the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the lead judgment was read on behalf of Justice Augie by Justice Sidi Bage.

Mr Nwosu had, in his appeal, challenged the judgment of the Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri which declined jurisdiction in the case.

The appellate court panel of five Justices presided over by Justice Jimi Bada had ruled that it lacked the jurisdiction to hear and determine the appeal.

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