By Ugochukwu Alaribe
ABA— A five-man panel of the Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri has said it lacks jurisdiction to hear the case of alleged submission of false information suit, CA/OW/190/2016, filed against Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, by an aspirant in the December 8, 2014 PDP primaries in Abia State, Sir Friday Nwosu.
The Federal High Court, Owerri, had on July 8, 2016, in a judgment delivered by Justice Ambrose Allagoa, ruled that Nwosu did not prove his case against Ikpeazu. Dissatisfied with the judgment, Nwosu approached the Court of Appeal.
Delivering its ruling on the matter, chairman of the Court of Appeal panel, Justice Jimi Olukoya Bada, said the court lacked jurisdiction to hear and conclude the matter.
He stated that Nwosu’s appeal is similar to suit No. SC/ 717/2016, SC/719/2016 and SC/739/ 2016, Uche Ogah vs Okezie Ikpeazu and 3 others, which was decided by the Supreme Court on May 12, 2017.
Other members of the panel agreed with the lead judgment that the court lacks jurisdiction over the appeal
In an interview with Vanguard, Nwosu insisted that his case against Ikpeazu should be heard and determined by a competent court.