By Victor Ahiuma-Young
SPEAKER of Delta State House of Assembly, Mr Martin Okonta, has faulted perceivedÂ misrepresentations in the media over the on going legal battle at the Supreme Court between him and Mr Philip Kingsley, on the rightful candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Ika South Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly.
The Speaker in a statement byÂ Mr. Frank Osabohien, his Chief Press Secretary, said, â€œthe subsisting case in respect of which an appeal has already been filed at the apex court is in relation to a pre-election matter. The 1999 constitution gives the Speaker,Â who is the appellant in the case, the right of appeal to the Supreme Court.Â It must be emphasized here that there is no iota of resemblance between the aforementioned case and that between Senator Alphonsus Igbeke, representing Anambra North and the former incumbent, Senator Joy Emordi.â€
â€œFor the avoidance of doubt, the case between Mr Okonta and Mr. Kingsley has to do with pre- election matter and as such ends at the Supreme Court andÂ the media should be aware of this.
â€œJournalists are once again advised to seek clarification where necessary to avoid misinforming the public on a matter before the apex court,â€ he added.