THE Federal High Court sitting in Benin City yesterday suspended ruling to July 6 to agree on either to hand-off trial or to go on with the case on the explicit mode of major adopted by the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the appointment of the party’s governorship aspirant.
The presiding magistrate, Justice Mohammed Umar, suspended the suit filed by the factional state assistant chairman of the party, Pastor Kenneth Asekomhe, and one of the governorship nominees of the party, Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, questioning the judgment of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to acquire direct primary election for the appointment of its governorship prospect.
Continued hearing yesterday, Counsel to the 2nd Defendant, Roland Otaru, SAN, said he was not convinced with the ruling of the Appeal Court of the 18th of June and has decided to move toward the Supreme Court for additional translations.
He warned the court: “What occurred in court today is that I filed a request for the stay of additional proceedings predetermination of my allure against the judgment of the Court of Appeal which was sent on the 18 of June 2020 to the Supreme Court.
“We are authorized to do that under the Legislation. We are allowed to do that under the rule of court. So, I am enhanced to have filed the request having respect to the pertinent laws.
“We are disputing against it because my inquiry was struck out at the Court of Appeal because they said I petitioned in honor of the substantive course.
“I presently said I was disappointed with that conclusion because what I disputed upon was the issue of jurisdiction.
“Basically, it is a question of jurisdiction which is in connection to the interior or household relationships of a political league. Because how can a complainant be begging the tribunal to direct the procedure of primary to be administered by a party and the Court of Appeal said we requested in the fondness of the substantive outcome but I then said having respect to the decision of the superior court, they can even decide the issue at that status.
“So, they struck out my request but my customer has the freedom to bid to the Supreme Court”, he said
On his part, Counsel to the suer, Ken Mozia, SAN, said since both parties could not reach approval on the issue, they all decided that the matter should be suspended.
Recollect that the Court of Appeal on June 18, set aside the deep court injunction regulating APC from performing the major and returned the parties to the High Court for the opening of the substantive uniform.