The Election Petition Appeal Court Panel sitting in Port Harcourt has rejected an appeal by the Governorship Candidate of the African Action Congress, Biokpomabo Awara against the decision of the tribunal on the issue of legal representation.
Awara through his legal luminary Tawo E. Tawo, SAN, had moved toward the Appeal Court to challenge the decision of Tribunal, which engaged Henry Bello to speak to the AAC for the governorship race request in Rivers State.
In any case, the five man board of the Appeal Court, driven by Justice J.O Bada in a consistent decision expelled the intrigue, expressing that the AAC had right to change its counsel following the judgment of Federal High Court which perceived Leonard Nzenwa as the National Chairman of his party AAC.
Daily Tells reports that the Election Petition Appeal Court Tribunal likewise granted the sum of fifty thousand naira in favour to AAC, Henry Bello.
Addressing newsmen outside the court, one of the lawyers to AAC governorship candidate, David Adebe said they will think about the decision of the court and give the next line of action.
“The Court simply chose our application in CA/PH/356/2019 which in their opinion said they do not concur with our view.
“We will go back and consult with our clients to decide on the way forward because we feel in all aspects unequivocally that the 4th Alteration of the Electoral Act has actually taken care of the major ground upon which the matter was said to be dismissed in the court which is that Leave is no longer a requirement before you can Appeal in an Election petition Tribunal,” he said
Daily Tells understands that Awara’s case has been out pending when his counsel will either appeal the case in the supreme court or back out.
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