Senator begs Federal High Court to annul Appeal Court verdict declaring his position vacant
A senator, Sonni Ogbuoji (Ebonyi South senatorial district), has asked the Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu to vacate and annul a judgement of a Federal High court declaring his seat vacant.
Mr Ogbuoji, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi in the March 9 governorship election, was sacked from office by a federal high court in Abakaliki, presided over by Justice Akintoye Aluko on April 16.
Mr Ogbuoji, in the appeal filed by his counsel, Michael Odo, a copy of which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), contended that the trial court deliberately over-looked evidences tendered that showed he resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on January 27, 2017.
The appeal with case number CA/E/2019 and filed on April 18, further contended that the trial judge also ignored evidences that proved that Mr Ogbuoji registered with the APC on February 2, 2017.
The senator argued that he resigned from his former party at a time it was engulfed in crisis leading to the factionalisation of the PDP between the groups led by Ahmed Makarfi and that led by Ali-Modu Sherif.
He said that the crisis was later resolved by the Supreme Court in favour of the group led by Mr Makarfi on July 12, 2017 in a matter known in the Nigeria’s Judicial system as the case of ‘PDP vs Ali-Modu Sherif’.