Why Alex Otti Cross – Appealed Judgement of the Court of Appeal


Facts have emerged of why the Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the April 11 and 25th 2015 governorship election in Abia State Dr Alex Otti Cross Appealed the Judgement of Justice Oyebisi Omoleye led five-member Appeal court panel which ordered that he be Inaugurated as the Governor of Abia State.

Despite having the Appeal Court verdict on his favour, Lawyers to Dr Alex Otti was alleged to express worry over the fate that await them at the Supreme Court following what is now glaring as an error Judgement by the court of Appeal.

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After going through the Notice of the Cross Appeal which was Filed by Akin Olujinmi SAN, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and Barr Chris Uche at the Supreme Court on the 13th January 2016, PUO REPORTS discovered that grounds of Appeal number 28 and Issue 14 which were resolved in favour of Dr Okezie Ikpeazu of the PDP was never Appealed by Dr Alex Otti.

The  Learned Justices of the Appeal Court erred in Law when they struck out Appeal number 28 and Issue 14. 

Contrary to the holding of the Appeal Court, ground 28 was not repetive of ground 2 as both held difference Complaints 

The rules regulating drafting  of grounds of Appeal did not provide Stricking out of grounds Appeal for being repetive to another” Otti Lawyers argued

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“The learned Justices of the Appeal Court erred in Law when they held that the Tribunal stated the position of the Law and there was no provision or guidlines in the Electoral Act that empowers the Returning Officer to cancel election or annul an Election Results “

Otti prayed the Court to set aside the judgement of the Appeal Court on the two issues raised above.

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The reason behind the Cross Appeal Filed by Alex Otti may summarily be said to have come up from the Issue 14 bordering on wether or not the Returning Officer For Abia State governorship election Prof Benjamin Ozurumba had powers to annul an Election Results that had already been declared in various Units, Wards and Local Government Areas.


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