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IFEANYI CHUKWU OKONKWO V. DR. CHRIS NWABUEZE NGIGE & ORS

(2007) JELR 33393 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.5/2006_SC.6/2006  •  13 Jul 2007  •  Nigeria

Coram
ALOYSIUS IYORGYER KATSINA-ALU JSC; GEORGE ADESOLA OGUNTADE JSC; MAHMUD MOHAMMED JSC; FRANCIS FEDODE TABAI JSC; CHRISTOPHER MITCHELL CHUKWUMA-ENEH JSC;

Judgement

M. MOHAMMED, J.S.C (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The appellant in these appeals heard together on 19/4/2007, was a candidate sponsored by Nigeria Advance Party (NAP) for the Governorship election conducted in April, 2003 in Anambra State.

Having lost in the election, the appellant challenged the result of the election by a petition filed before the Governorship and Legislative Houses Election Tribunal in Awka, Anambra State which after hearing the petition dismissed it. The appellant's appeal to the Court of Appeal, Enugu in the decision of the Tribunal was equally dismissed by the court in its judgment delivered on 7/7/2003, which had been reported under the title of Okonkwo v. INEC (2004) 1 NWLR (Pt. 854) 242.

However, on 9/11/2005, the appellant again filed an application at the Court of Appeal, Enugu for enlargement of time to seek leave to appeal, leave to appeal and enlargement of time within which to file and serve the notice and grounds of appeal against the decision of t…

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