The Federal High Court, Calabar Division, presided by Justice Rosemary Dugbo Oghoghorie has struck out the suit seeking the disqualification of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Cross River State, Senator (Prince) Bassey Otu and his Deputy, Rt. Hon. Peter Odey, GRASSROOT REPORTERS reports.

The court declared that Hon. Odey is qualified to contest for, and hold the office of Deputy Governor.

In suit number FHC/CS/142/2022, the opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate in Cross River State, Senator Sandy Onor, had dragged the APC candidate and his deputy to court on grounds of Odey having dual citizenship and not being a member of APC.

In a judgment delivered today, November 24, Justice Oghoghorie declared Senator Onor's suit incompetent, maintaining that the APC governorship candidate and his deputy  were properly nominated as valid candidates of their party.

The  Court held that membership of a political party is personal to an individual and an issue of choice between such individual and the political party, adding that the court does not interfer with the internal affairs of a political party. 

Justice Oghoghorie, in her judgment said the plaintiffs lack the locus standi to challenge the membership of a political party in favour or against any person under any circumstance whatsoever, as such membership is within the ward chapter of the political party where such person belong to determine and validate. 

On dual citizenship, the court held that Rt Hon Peter Odey being a citizen of Nigeria by birth, is qualified to contest any election, haven not been found to have made a declaration of allegiance to any other country, and that the Plaintiff failed in the discharge of their legal burden of leading concrete, convincing and credible evidence vis-a-vis sound arguments to displace the position of the Defendants in respect to all the issues in the suit can not reap any fruit from their inability.

The Federal High Court, Calabar Division, presided by Justice Rosemary Dugbo Oghoghorie has struck out the suit seeking the disqualification of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Cross River State, Senator (Prince) Bassey Otu and his Deputy, Rt. Hon. Peter Odey, GRASSROOT REPORTERS reports.

 

The court declared that Hon. Odey is qualified to contest for, and hold the office of Deputy Governor.

 

In suit number FHC/CS/142/2022, the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate in Cross River State, Senator Sandy Onor, had dragged the APC candidate and his deputy to court on grounds of Odey having dual citizenship and not being a member of APC.

 

In a judgment delivered today, November 24, Justice Oghoghorie declared Senator Onor’s suit incompetent, maintaining that the APC governorship candidate and his deputy were properly nominated as valid candidates of their party.

 

The Court held that membership of a political party is personal to an individual and an issue of choice between such individual and the political party, adding that the court does not interfer with the internal affairs of a political party.

 

Justice Oghoghorie, in her judgment said the plaintiffs lack the locus standi to challenge the membership of a political party in favour or against any person under any circumstance whatsoever, as such membership is within the ward chapter of the political party where such person belong to determine and validate.

 

On dual citizenship, the court held that Rt Hon Peter Odey being a citizen of Nigeria by birth, is qualified to contest any election, haven not been found to have made a declaration of allegiance to any other country, and that the Plaintiff failed in the discharge of their legal burden of leading concrete, convincing and credible evidence vis-a-vis sound arguments to displace the position of the Defendants in respect to all the issues in the suit can not reap any fruit from their inability.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

×

Hello!

Click one of our contacts below to chat on WhatsApp

× Submit a story, chat with us
%d bloggers like this: