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Appeal Court Nullifies Judgement Sacking Ifeanyi Ubah As Anambra South Senator

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The Appeal Court on Thursday nullified the Abuja High Court Judgement sacking as Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial district.

Appeal Court Nullifies Judgement Sacking Ifeanyi Ubahn As Anambra South Senator
Appeal Court Nullifies Judgement Sacking Ifeanyi Ubahn As Anambra South Senator

The judgement was unanimously delivered by a three-man panel led by Justice Stephen Adah.

The Judges maintained that the High Court judgement was a nullity on the grounds that the originating process was incompetent having not been signed by a lawyer as required; the judgment was given without jurisdiction, and that Ubah was denied fair hearing by the FCT High Court.

Justice Adah, in the lead judgment, which the two other members of the panel agreed with, held among others that, since the cause of action arose in Anambra State, the FCT High Court was without the requisite territorial jurisdiction to have entertained the case.

He added that, from the record of proceedings before the FCT High Court, there was no evidence that Ubah was served with processes in relation to the case.

Justice Adah also found that the originating summons, with which the case was commenced before the FCT High Court was not signed by any lawyer as required by the Rules of the High Court of the FCT.

Besides setting aside the judgment, Justice Adah also granted a perpetual injunction restraining the Clerk of the Senate and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from acting on the April 11, 2019 judgment which has been voided for being a nullity.

Adelowo Adegboyega
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