Kogi East Senate: Aidoko’s Lawyers Raises Alarm Over Bias

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By Yusuf Abubakar.
The last is yet to be heard about Kogi East Senate seat tussle as lawyers of Senator Atai Aidoko Ali, P. I. Ekweator has cried out over glaring collusion between the lower court and Appeal Court on a case of referral raised and ruled in favour of Aidoko.
The Federal High Court in Abuja referred a ‎matter of jurisdiction to the appellate court for determination and reversion only for the upper court to return the case file without determination.
The decision of the Appeal Court was to determine the jurisdiction of further hearing of the matter expeditiously as directed by the apex court but lawyers of Isaac Alfa, the petitioner went lobbying the both courts to fix a date not known to the Aidoko’s counsel.
‎The appeal court was due to hear the case referred to it only ordered a deputy registrar to issue a covering memo reverting the matter to the federal high court. A case that is purely judicial, legal and not administrative in nature.
The decision of the federal high court to fix a new date of 15th of November against the earlier 20th of the month agreed by both counsels was unilaterally taking between the lower court judge, appeal court and counsel to Isaac Alfa. This decision negates legal procedure.
Counsel to Senator Aidoko had become uncomfortable with the prejudicial and presumptuous statement of the presiding judge, hence ‎insists on the jurisdiction of the lower court to be determine by the appeal court to pave way for continuity in the earlier case.
He, however, insisted that the appeal court ought to have ‎determine the referral from the lower court to give a legal teeth to any decision of the lower court in the case of legality or otherwise of the impending Kogi East senate



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