By Ise-Oluwa Ige
ABUJAâ€”The Supreme Court yesterday refused an invitation by Mr. Emmanuel Obot, the former aide to Governor Victor Attah of Akwa Ibom State to shut out the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from prosecuting its appeal challenging a high court verdict which declared him (Obot) as candidate of PDP for the April 2007 election into Uyo Federal constituency.
The apex court turned down the request on the account that it offended the principle of fair hearing, natural justice and audi alteram partem.
The court yesterday also chided the counsel representing Obot in the suit, Chief Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) for alleging that the ruling PDP was playing pranks to delay hearing in the case so that the legislator,Â Etim Bassey, who won the 2007 election into the Uyo constituency would be there undisturbed.
The justices of the apex court who lampooned the senior counsel for what they called a baseless allegation forced him to withdraw the statement with pejorative connotation.
The court had earlier observed that the PDP which was one of the two appellants in the case was not served hearing notice in the case neither was it in court at the last adjourned date to know about the court order that parties should file briefs of arguments.
The court observed that PDP having stated that it was just becoming aware of the hearing notice should also be given time to file its own briefs.