From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
A high court presided over by Justice Theresa Igoche has granted Prof. Steve Ugbah the right to contest for the governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Prof. Ugbah had last week approached the court with an injunction alleging plot by the party to exclude him from contesting the primaries which was rescheduled for 5th December, 2014.
The court had honored the injunction and called for the cancellation of the primaries while slating the hearing of the suit for 9th December, 2014.
However, when the case came up for hearing yesterday, Justice Ada Onum who initially handled the matter, declined hearing it on “personal grounds,” and returned the file to the State Chief Judge who re-assigned it to Justice Igoche.
During the hearing, Ugbah’s lead lawyer, Barr. Simon Orkuma, told the court that Ugbah was seeking answers to three questions as well as seven reliefs. While the state chairman of the APC, Abba Yaro’s lead counsel, Omale Omale Esq. told the court that they concede everything, adding “Ugbah is a candidate in the primaries. We have no problem with that. And we will not contest it.”
Delivering her judgment, Justice Igoche said: “It is trite in law that where there is no counter-affidavit to any originating summons or any opposing motion from the Respondents’ counsels, the claims therein are deemed admitted and conceded on behalf of the Respondents.”
“I hereby enter judgment in favour of the Applicant, Ugbah. He is qualified to contest for the governorship primaries on the APC platform.”