Akunyili files appeal against tribunal ruling



Professor Dora Akunyili has filed an appeal against ruling of National Assembly  Election Tribunal,Awka  which struck out her case against election of Senator Chris Ngige.Her case was struck out on Tuesday on technical grounds.

But Akunyili , former minister of information and communication  in  a statement this evening said “I have reviewed striking out of my case with my legal team and we took a decision to file an appeal against ruling of tribunal at the court of appeal. This issue had raised and determined by tribunal and court of appeal which is final court with respect to this matter. There was no appeal to Supreme Court by my opponent and relied on by the tribunal is clear that a subsisting decision of the court is binding on all the parties. In effect, the decision of the court of appeal on the issue is final and binding and cannot be revisited under any guise.”

the full text of Akunyili’s statement below:

IT IS NOT OVER UNTIL IT IS OVER

1.  Today, the petition I filed challenging the declaration of Dr. Chris Ngige of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) as winner of the April 2011 Senatorial Election for Central was thrown out on technicality by the National Assembly Election Tribunal sitting in Awka, the State capital.

 

2.  The tribunal based its decision on last week’s Supreme Court ruling that any case not decided within 180 days of the filing of the petition has lapsed.

3.  Aware election was rigged in his favour, Dr. Ngige did everything humanly possible to ensure that my petition not be heard. His legal team employed delay tactics, using one crafty argument after another to frustrate the hearing of my case. Five times we went on appeal and five times we won, sometimes with fines against Dr. Ngige.

4.  Hearing into my case finally started the Appeal Court’s order that my petition must be heard on merit and not thrown out on technical grounds against the spirit of the 2010 Electoral Act. My witnesses and I had finished our submissions and Dr. Ngige was to start his today. He must be relieved Supreme Court ruling on 180 days came to his rescue he is aware that he did not win the election. If he won the election, why was he desperate to ensure that my petition should not be heard?

5.  I have reviewed the striking out of my case with my legal team and we took a decision to file an appeal against the ruling of the tribunal at the court of appeal. This issue had raised and determined by the tribunal and court of appeal which is the final court with respect to this matter. There was no appeal to Supreme Court by my opponent and the relied on by the tribunal is clear that a subsisting decision of the court is binding on all the parties. In effect, the decision of the court of appeal on the issue is final and binding and cannot be revisited under any guise.

6.  We still believe strongly that in the end, God of will give us .

Thanks and God bless you all.

Prof. Dora Akunyili, OFR

Former Minister of Information & Communications

APGA Senatorial Candidate for Central

Awka, February 21, 2012

 

 

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