‘wike’s legal professional in fit against atiku down with stomach disappointed’

prince michael ekamon, the first plaintiff in a fit filed at the side of gov. nyesom wike of rivers in opposition to atiku abubakar, has said that their lawyer, wilfred okoi, became not in courtroom due to the fact he changed into indisposed.

ekamon informed justice ahmed mohammed of a federal high court, abuja on wednesday, upon resumed listening to in the fit challenging atiku’s emergence as peoples democratic birthday celebration (pdp)’s candidate for the 2023 presidential election.

okoi, who entered his name on the purpose list earlier inside the day, could not be discovered whilst the problem became referred to as for listening to.

the news agency of nigeria (nan) reviews that though ekamon become in court in person, wike became no longer.

nan reviews that ekamon, a member of the party, and wike are 1st and 2nd plaintiffs respectively in a fit marked:  dated june 2 and filed on june three.

at the same time as the pdp is the 1st defendant, the independents countrywide electoral fee (inec), governor aminu tambuwal of sokoto country and atiku are 2d to 4th defendants respectively.

wike, in the in shape, sought among different prayers, the courtroom’s pronouncement putting forward him the pdp’s presidential candidate for the 2023 election.

he had faulted the manner that produced atiku as the birthday celebration’s candidate inside the primary conducted recently.

but the pdp and others, in their utility filed by their suggest, adeyemi ajibade, san, urged the courtroom to push aside the fit because it was unknown to law and no longer cognizable under a pre-election remember.

when the problem changed into referred to as and okoi’s whereabouts was not recognised, justice mohammed asked ekamon why their recommend was now not in courtroom in spite of coming into his name for look.

ekamon stated okoi “ran severe belly upset.” according to him, he (okoi) changed into in court docket this morning and he complained of going for walks belly and he has to be rushed down for medicinal drug.

“i insisted that he (okoi) remains but he stated we ought to rush him down,” he added.

“we want him brief healing. we are all people and vulnerable to getting unwell at any giving time,” mohammed stated

the judge then requested him what might be his prayer considering his legal professional changed into now not in courtroom.

“i pray the court to present us a little time in order that he can get well and hold with the problem,” he answered.

counsel for the pdp and tambuwal, ajibade, who doubles as birthday celebration’s country wide criminal adviser, did no longer oppose the request.

“i’ve listened to the request of the first plaintiff. the motive for the absence of his suggest borders on sick health.

“we don’t want to head verifying. it may show up to each person as my lord has stated. “but need the court to take observe due to the fact this is a pre-election be counted of which era is of the essence,” he said. the choose adjourned the matter until oct. 7.

in advance, attorney to atiku, mahmud magaji, san, did no longer oppose ekamon’s application.

nan reviews that no recommend seemed for inec, justice mohammed had, on aug. 31, fixed nowadays for the listening to of the problem.

atiku, tambuwal and pdp had challenged the fit filed. the trio, in a notice of initial objection marked:  dated and filed on aug. 5, sought an order striking out or dismissing the fit for want of jurisdiction.

they argued that ekamon, who is the 1st applicant, having not participated inside the primary election performed by using the national government committee of the birthday party lacked the requisite locus standi to institute the match.

nan reviews that wike came second in the back of atiku within the birthday celebration’s presidential primary election held in may also.

tambuwal, who was also a presidential aspirant, stepped down for atiku at the remaining minute.

although wike had lately denied submitting any fit towards the birthday party and its presidential candidate, the matter is still pending in court docket.

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