By Ugochukwu Alaribe
ABA—A five man panel of the Court of Appeal, Owerri Division, hearing the appeal on the tax forgery suit filed against Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu, had adjourned indefinitely, pending the determination of a motion filed by Sir Friday Nwosu which urged the Supreme Court to take over the matter or order the panel to expeditiously determine it.
Nwosu had filed a motion praying the Supreme Court to intervene under Sections 17 and 22 of the Supreme Court Act to consolidate and deliver judgment on all appeals lying at different courts on the Abia governorship tussle, insisting that it will serve the best interest of justice if Appeals Nos. SC/717/2016, SC/719/2016 and SC/739/2016, lying at the Supreme Court, are heard together with his appeal, CA/OW/190/2016 pending at the Court of Appeal, Owerri, to avoid rendering it an academic exercise.
Ruling on the suit, Presiding Judge of the Court of Appeal, Owerri, Justice R.C. Agbo, told parties in the suit that he had to adjourn the matter indefinitely until the motion filed by Nwosu is determined by the Supreme Court, stressing that the Court of Appeal cannot contest jurisdiction with the apex court on the pending motion.
The Judge further adjourned two other appeals filed by the PDP and Gov. Ikpeazu on the suit challenging some aspects of the July 8, 2016 verdict of the Federal High Court, Owerri, adding that the appeals could not be heard since they emanated from the same judgment. The decision was applauded by the counsels to the parties.
Vanguard gathered that Nwosu, Ikpeazu and the PDP, had earlier appealed the verdict of the Federal High Court, Owerri, delivered by Justice Ambrose Allagoa, on 8th July, 2016, which led to the setting up a five man panel of the Court of Appeal headed by Justice Agbo.