BY VINCENT UJUMADU
AWKA — Anambra State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Awka will tomorrow rule on an application by Dr. Chike Obidigbo, a governorship aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in the November 16 governorship election to be joined in the ongoing petition.
Obidigbo was disqualified by the party’s screening panel before the primaries that produced Chief Willie Obiano as the candidate of the party.
However, a factional chairman of APGA, Chief Maxi Okwu, later nominated Obidigbo as his faction’s candidate, though INEC did not recognise him.
His counsel, Mr. Oba Maduabuchi, had during the tribunal’s sitting, last week, urged the three-member tribunal to allow his client to be joined in the petition, arguing that shutting him out at the pre-hearing stage would deny him justice and fair hearing..
Maduabuchi said: “If Obidigbo is not joined in the petition, whatever decision reached at the tribunal will be binding on him and that is why it is necessary that he is made to be part of it.
However, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, counsel to Chief Willie Obiano, argued that the Court of Appeal, which set aside the judgment of Enugu High Court, on which basis Okwu emerged national chairman of the party, made the Awka national convention of the party a non-issue.