Abia Guber: S’Court judge, Justice Augie disqualifies herself from appeal against Gov. Ikpeazu
- As trial of appeal stalled in S/Court
A justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Amina Augie on Wednesday disqualified herself from the panel of justices assigned to hear the appeal challenging the nomination of Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu as governorship candidate of the PDP in the 2015 election.
The inability of the apex court to form quorum after Augie’s withdrawal from the case consequently forced the court to adjourn hearing in the case sine die.
The apex court was billed to entertain the appeals filed by Mr Uche Oga and Mr Friday Nwosu, challenging the nomination of Ikpeazu as the party’s governorship candidate.
But at the resumption of proceedings, Augie had informed the court that she wished to recuse herself from the appeal.
She hinged it on the fact that she was on the panel that decided the appeals at the Court of Appeal in Owerri.
It would be recalled that a petition had been filed against Augie, whom they accused had purportedly selected four justices of Abia extractions to sit on the appeals against the governor in Owerri.
The petitioners, who were also the appellants in these appeals, had also accused her to have influenced the proceeding in favour of the governor.
Besides, the inability of the counsel to the parties to diligently exchange processes was also part of the sundry challenges that stalled the proceedings.
Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, who presided therefore, adjourned the matter, saying however, that the new date would be communicated to parties.
“The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, shall approve of the date for this case shortly,’’ he said.
The other parties in the matter are the Independent National Electoral Commission and the PDP.