By Tony Edike
ENUGU—National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, Thursday, asked an Enugu State High Court sitting in Enugu, to hands off the case brought against him by one Jude Emenike.
Umeh said he was afraid that he would not obtain justice from the court.
Trial judge is Justice Innocent Umezulike and also the Chief Judge of the state.
Accusing the judge of compromise and bias in the matter, Umeh insisted that his case should be transferred to another unbiased judge who, he said, “will, God willing, do justice in the matter.”
In a petition addressed to the Chief Judge, Umeh said: “My lord, as an ardent believer in the rule of law and due process, I am also in the vanguard for the dignity and sanctity of judicial officers. I cannot have a lesser respect for the office of the Chief Judge of Enugu. However, upon a sober reflection of the antecedents of this case up till this moment, I had come to the reasonable conclusion that I will not obtain justice from your court.
“With every sense of responsibility and due deference, I am reasonably apprehensive that your Lordship is obviously biased and compromised in this matter. Accordingly, I wish to respectfully request you to kindly, sir, transfer and assign this case to another unbiased judge who will, God willing, do justice in the matter.”
“Please, note that I shall not be restrained in taking any other necessary step to protect my rights and ensure that justice is done if your Lordship fails and neglect to transfer and or assign this matter promptly.”
Jude Okuli had gone to court challenging his expulsion from the party and Umeh’s continued stay in office as the party’s national chairman. He alleged that Umeh’s tenure elapsed in 2010 and that the party never held any congress during which Umeh was re-elected, a claim Umeh and his leadership dismissed as false as, according to them, the Umeh led APGA National Executive Committee was duly re-elected at a valid congress of the party.