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NIGERIA: CJN orders action on DPP candidate’s petition

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mukhtar, has directed the Acting President, Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, to act on a petition by the Democratic Peoples Party’s candidate for the Delta North Senatorial District election in  2011, Mr. Jude Azekwoh.

A letter dated January 7, 2013 by the Secretary of the National Judicial Council, Danladi Halilu, urged the Acting PCA to take “necessary action” on Azekwoh’s petition dated August 27, 2012 which was made to our correspondent on Sunday.

“I  have been directed by the Honourable Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council, Hon. Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, GCON, to forward to Your Lordship the attached petition dated August 27, 2012, by one Jude E. Azekwoh on the above subject matter, for your necessary action, please,” the letter read.

Azekwoh had in his petition alleged an “unfair unjust and illegal termination without hearing” of his appeal with number, CA/B/EPT230/2011 by the Court of Appeal sitting in Benin.

The appellant had approached the Benin Division of the appellate court, seeking the setting aside of a decision of the lower tribunal in Asaba, which upheld the election of Dr. Arthur Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The petitioner also alleged that he had earlier petitioned the former CJN, retired Justice Dahiru Musdapher, who directed the former Acting President of the Court of Appeal,  Justice Dalhatu Adamu, to take action on his complaint.

He stated he had to write a fresh petition when he heard nothing from the then Acting PCA.

He had alleged unfair treatment by the Court of Appeal, claiming that the court refused to hear him but heard the respondent, by its ruling on September 27, 2011, unjustly striking out his brief of argument and the entire appeal.

He also said he felt aggrieved by the court ordering him to withdraw an application for re-listing of the appeal that he filed on September 29, 2011.

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