The Court of Appeal in Abuja has reserved judgment in the appeal filed by Senator Ifeanyi Ubah against the judgment of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) which ordered his sack as senator representing Anambra South.
Justice Stephen Adah, who led a three-man panel of the court, announced this after hearing the parties.
The judge averred that they will be informed when judgment is ready.
Ubah’s lawyer Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), who adopted the appellant’s brief, urged the court to allow the appeal.
Ikpeazu also urged the court to set aside the judgment of the FCT High Court on the grounds that the suit on which the judgment was based was incompetent.
He averred that the stamp and seal of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) affixed to the originating summons was forged, and that the payment for the originating summons was made on September 25th 2019, months after the judgment was delivered.
Ubah’s party, the Young Peoples Party (YDP), asked the court to allow the appeal and set aside the judgment of the High Court of the FCT.
Respondents to the appeal, including Anani Chuka and Dr. Obinna Uzoh, prayed the court to dismiss the appeal.
Justice Bello Kawu, on January 17, 2020, affirmed his order which nullified Ubah’s election on the ground that he allegedly used a forged National Examination Council (NECO) certificate to contest the senatorial election on February 23, 2019.
The court, on April 11, 2019, ordered INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return it issued to Ubah and issue a fresh one to Dr. Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who came second at the election.
Dissatisfied, Ubah approached the Court of Appeal to set aside the judgment, which he insisted caused grave miscarriage of justice against him.
Source: The Nation