By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA—The Supreme Court, yesterday, rejected the appeal by Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu to stay judgment of the Court of Appeal on the candidature of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Anambra State.
The Court of Appeal in Port-Harcourt which heard the case upon the ruling of the apex court yesterday fixed today for delivery of judgment on the case.
A five-man panel of the apex court, in a ruling threw out the application which was filed before them by Ukachukwu, describing it as an invitation to judicial anarchy.
Striking out the suit, the Supreme Court panel which was presided over by Justice Walter Onnoghen, further accused Ukachukwu of subtly inviting it to arrest the judgment of the Port Harcourt Division of the appellate court in the appeal that was lodged by another candidate of the party, Mr. Tony Nwoye.
Ukachukwu had in his appeal urged the Supreme Court to order the appellate Court to suspend its judgment on the matter, insisting that the appeal court panel was bribed by both the national leadership of the PDP and Nwoye in a bid to upturn his candidacy.
Arguing through his counsel, Prince Nwafor Orizu, Ukachukwu, asked the appellate court panel to disqualify themselves from the matter, saying he would not be granted fair hearing and justice in the matter.
He argued that Order 8 Rule 10 of the Supreme Court forbids the Appeal Court from proceeding with hearing on any aspect of the matter pending the determination of his appeal before the apex court.
Meanwhile, though the appellate court had already concluded hearing on Nwoye’s appeal, it, however, reserved its verdict on the matter to await the ruling of the Supreme Court.
Specifically, Nwoye had in his suit before the appellate court, maintained that he was the winner of the governorship primary election that was conducted by the party in Anambra State on August 24, 2013, which he said was duly monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.