By Ise-Oluwa Ige
Less than 24 hours after the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal sacked him from office, Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Martin Okonta, Thursday, approached the Supreme Court with a notice of appeal, requesting it to upturn the verdict of the court which removed him from office.
Okonta, who hired the Chambers of Chief Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), to prosecute the appeal at the apex court, also filed a separate motion before the Court of Appeal which sacked him, seeking an order of injunction staying the execution of its judgment delivered on 12 May, pending hearing and determination of the appeal against its judgment.
The lawmaker said he had a right of appeal to the Supreme Court in the case, the matter being a pre-election case.
Indeed, the last bus-stop in pre-election matters is the Supreme Court.
Okonta gave six major reasons why the verdict of the Court of Appeal must be upturned, including that the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, was in conflict with the one earlier, given by its Benin division and that the Abuja division of the court shut him out of the case and was, therefore, not given fair-hearing before judgment was given in the case.
In the fresh suit before the Court of Appeal, Abuja, Okonta is seeking an order restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the ruling PDP from taking any step on the matter until his appeal at the Supreme Court is determined.