- Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has reacted to the nullification of the Jones Erue-led executive committee of the APC in Delta state
- A Federal High Court sitting in Asaba earlier sacked the Erue-led faction, declaring that Cyril Ogodo-led faction of the party remained the authentic chairman in the state
- According to Omo-Agege, the consent judgement of a court in Abuja that gave validity to the Erue-led exco is final
Senator-elect and member representing Delta central senatorial district at the National Assembly, Ovie Omo-Agege, has reacted to the judgement of a Federal High Court sitting in Asaba on the Jones Erue-led APC executive.
Justice Toyin Adegoke of the court on Monday, March 18, sacked the Jones Erue-led faction, declaring that Chief Cyril Ogodo-led faction of the party remains the authentic chairman in Delta state.
Leadership reports that Omo-Agege said the consent judgement from where the Erue-led executives emerged has not been challenged at a superior court adding that the judgement by Justice Adegoke is of no value.
The lawmaker in a statement signed by his senior special adviser communications & strategy, Godwin Anaughe, noted that the court erred in her judgement.
He said: "The judgement by Justice Toyin Adegoke of the Federal High Court sitting in Asaba may give some joy to the plaintiffs and their supporters but it is of a moment and does not and cannot alter the status quo. Senator Ovie Omo-Agege remains the senator-elect and Rev Francis Ejiroghene Waive remains the member-elect of the Federal House of Representatives."
According to him, the electoral college that elected Omo-Agege and Rev. Waive as APC candidates came into being by virtue of a consent judgement that has not been set aside. He said until it is set aside by a court of competent jurisdiction, their election into their respective positions remains valid.
He added that the judgement cannot bind on Senator Omo-Agege and Rev. Waive because they were also not joined as parties to the present suit.
“The national working committee of APC, under the directive of the NEC of the party is the only organ that is saddled with the responsibility of organizing party primaries for the purpose of nominating and sponsoring candidates for elections and not one Mefor Progress, an individual, as Justice Toyin Adegoke wrongly held in her judgement.
"Finally, it is imperative to state emphatically that the consent judgement of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that gives validity to the Jones Ode Erue-led Exco is a final judgement of Court like any other judgement, and it is valid and subsisting until it is appealed against and set aside by a court of competent jurisdiction," Anaughe added.
PAY ATTENTION: Install our latest app for Android, read best news on Nigeria’s #1 news app
He stated that the Asaba Federal High Court lacks the jurisdiction to sit as an Appellant Court over a consent judgement delivered by a court of coordinate jurisdiction.
“Consequently Prophet Jones Ode Erue & his Exco remains the valid and authentic Executives of Delta State APC. The judgement delivered today by Justice Toyin Adegoke of the Federal High Court 1, Asaba is therefore of no consequence,” he said.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege's second term ticket was on Monday, March 18, threatened as the Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, sacked the Jones Erue-led executive committee of the APC in Delta state.
The two-hour judgment of the court was presided over by Justice Toyin Adegoke upheld the Cyril Ogodo-led Delta APC faction in the state, declaring the executives as duly elected.
Justice Adegoke further held that all actions purportedly taken by the Erue-led executives were null and void, thereby nullifying the candidacy of the candidates who emerged from the primaries conducted by the Erue-led executives.
NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng We have upgraded to serve you better.
2019 elections: Do you still trust INEC to conduct fair elections? - Nigerians speak| - on Legit TV: