The president of the Appeal Court, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem who anchored in the three-man panel has unanimously decided to set aside the decision of Justice Oniora Nwabunike of a High Court of Anambra State previously declaring Senator Ugochukwu Uba as the Governorship candidate for the People's Democracy Party (PDP).
Justice Monica delivered the lead judgment at the primary election conducted in line with the law and the PDP'S guideline at professor Dora Akunyuli Women Center, Awka in favor of Valentine Oziigbo as the party's candidate at the forthcoming Gubernatorial election.
While declaring as an aberration the parallel primary held at Saint Paul University, it berated Justice Nwabunike for sitting as an appellate court over the judgment of Justice Adeniyi of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court.
Justice Dongban-Mensem, while urging INEC not to allow itself to be distracted in preparation for the election, advised the Commission to wait for the decision of the final court in the land and not hurriedly rushed to comply with the judgment of the trial court.
The panel took a turn to take swipes on lawyers who enable litigants to abuse the court’s processes, stressing that relevant bodies like the NJC and NBA must take decisive actions against culprits.
The Court accordingly awarded a cost of N10 million against Uba in favor of Ozigbo.