Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Saleh Vs Adaba: Court adjourns till April 16 as ‘Mad Lion’s lawyer seeks out-of-court discussion

A Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, has adjourned hearing to 16 of April on a case filed by the Member representing Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo Federal Constituency, Hon. Hassan A. Saleh, challenging the qualification of the Member-elect, Hon. Chris Adaba Abah (a.k.a. Mad Lion) of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, even as the Counsel to the Defendant also pleaded for ‘Out of Court’ settlement.

Giving his ruling on the oral application submitted by S.I. Ameh (SAN), counsel to ‘Mad Lion’, the Presiding Judge, Adeniyi Ademola said he was granting the application so that the parties concerned could meet out of court and report the progress on Thursday, when the court shall sit on the matter.

He however added that the court would not hesitate to continue the hearing on Thursday if the parties could not reach a compromise.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola also ruled on the application submitted by S. Wujat (Esq.) on behalf of Hon. Sunday Odugbo, the APC House of Representatives aspirant from the constituency, seeking to be joined as the second Plaintiff in the suit.

Dwelling on the argument of the counsel to Hon. Saleh, Dr. Alex Izyron, that the applicant was not only trying to smuggle himself into court proceeding through the back door since he didn’t contest under the PDP, but he was also showing effrontery to irritate the parties concerned in the matter, the Judge ruled that the applicant was only engaging in “judicial busy body” as he was not eligible to file an application for joinder.

He therefore handed Barrister Wujat and his Principal, Hon. Odugbo with the fine of N50,000 for trying to waste the time and energy of the Officers of the court.

It would be recalled that the incumbent, Hon. Saleh filed a 2-count charge of Forgery and Perjury against the PDP candidate, Hon. Abah after he lost his bid to pick the ticket of his party.

Hon. Saleh argued that the National Diploma result presented to the INEC by his opponent in the 2011 general elections was forged and asked the court to disqualify Hon. Abah, even as he had been declared unopposed by the INEC.

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