“It Can’t Stand”: LP Rejects Appeal Court Verdict Sacking Senate Minority Whip Nwokocha

“It Can’t Stand”: LP Rejects Appeal Court Verdict Sacking Senate Minority Whip Nwokocha

  • Labour Party has reacted to the recent judgment by the Court of Appeal, which sacked its lawmaker
  • The party, in a chat with reporters, insisted that Senator Darlington Nwokocha remained the Senate minority whip
  • LP also affirmed that the judgment of the appellate court was a mistake and, therefore, could not stand

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over 2 years of experience covering political parties and movements.

Abia state, Umuahia - The Abia state chapter of the Labour Party (LP) has rejected the Court of Appeal's judgment, which sacked Darlington Nwokocha as the Senate minority whip.

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The court sacked Darlington Nwokocha and affirmed Augustine Akobundu of the PDP's election. Photo credit: Darlington Nwokocha, Augustine Akobundu
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LP affirmed that Nwokocha remained the senator representing Abia Central while noting that the litigation was based on Section 77 of the Constitution, which no court can adjudicate.

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How Senator Darlington Nwokocha was sacked?

Recall that the appellate court sacked Nwokocha in a ruling held on Saturday, November 4.

The court declared Augustine Akobundu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the authentic winner of the February 25 election in the senatorial district.

LP reacts as appeal court sacks Nwokocha in Abia

Abia state LP chairman Ceekay Igara made the remarks at the party's secretariat in Umuahia, the Abia state capital while addressing journalists on Sunday evening, November 5, after the court judgment, Channels TV reported.

Igara expressed the party's disappointment with the outcome of the court proceeding.

The LP chieftain noted that the judiciary is always expected to be the last hope of the common man, explaining that there are a plethora of judgments from the Supreme Court, which bars adjudication on issues of political party internal affairs.

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Ex-governor Ayade loses at Court of Appeal

In another related report, the Court of Appeal Court sitting in Lagos dismissed the petition by the former governor of Cross River state, Ben Ayade, challenging the victory of Jarigbe Jarigbe in the Cross River North 2023 senatorial district election.

The court on Saturday, November 4, affirmed Jarigbe of the PDP as the winner of the election.

The court also awarded N500,000 against the former governor, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, in favour of the incumbent senator.

Appeal court affirms Danjuma Goje's victory

Also, Legit.ng reported earlier that the Court of Appeal in Abuja affirmed Danjuma Goje's victory as the senator representing the Gombe Central senatorial district.

An appeal by the PDP candidate, Abubakar Aliyu, regarding the February 25 senatorial election was rejected by a three-member panel of judges at the appellate court.

The panel upheld the decision of the National and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in Gombe, which had previously dismissed Aliyu and the PDP's petition against Goje and the APC.

Source: Legit.ng

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.

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