Senatorial candidate of the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) for Delta North constituency in the April 2011elections, Mr. Jude Eluemuno Azekwoh has dragged the federal government of Nigeria and the National Judicial Council (NJC) before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court claiming $10 million for unjust termination of his petition.
He contested against Senator Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party who was eventually declared winner in the election. He filed a petition at the tribunal and lost in a manner he protested against
According to the bundle filed in the court, he is complaining that he was shut out by the Election Appeal Tribunal at Benin where the response of his opponent was filed with a preliminary objection but not served him.
Inspite of his protestation, he alleged that the Tribunal heard the objection his counsel stumbled on and proceeded a day after to strike out his petition on the ground that he filed out of time even when he still had four days out of the 60 days prescribed by law. According to a petition filed by his counsel, Dipo Okpeseyi, all complaints even to the National Judicial council and two queries by different Chief Justices of Nigeria to the Court of Appeal to explain why he was shut out yielded no fruits.
That prompted him to head for the ECOWAS court where he is canvassing for the protection of his rights of being heard in a law court as against how he was marched out without being heard.