decision of the Appeal tribunal headed by Hon. Justice Saka Ibiyeye dismissed
the petition brought before the Court by Mr. Philip Kingsley challenging the
election of Hon. Okonta on grounds of incompetence through Justice Nnwosi who
sited potions of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and
the sections of election practices. The final verdict was that the petition
brought by Mr. Philip before the court was defective on all grounds of appeal,
as the petitioner had no locus standi to file the suit.
to newsmen after the court?s decision, Hon. Okonta said he was happy with the
judgment and the judiciary which is the only hope of the common man. The
speaker however enjoined every member of the party to work with him, in order
to develop the local government and the state in general.
the speaker on his election victory, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Basi
Ganagana told newsmen that the judgment of the court was a victory for
democracy. He also urged the House to give the speaker the necessary support
that will bring progress to all and sundry.
Also, speaking to newsmen in his palace, the Obi of Abavo, His Royal
Majesty, Alhaji Mustapha Erenuma II, congratulated Hon. Okonta and urged him to
forget the past and extend his hand of fellowship to Mr. Philip in order to
bring peace and unity in the area.