Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the Abia State 2015 governorship election, Alex Otti, scored a major victory in Nigeria’s Supreme Court Friday morning as his appeal to the Court to be joined in the forgery case between Uche Ogah and Okezie Ikpeazu, two candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), during the primaries for the governorship election. Okezie Ikpeazu won the primaries, and went on to win the governorship. Both victories were mired in controversy as Otti won in more local governments of the state than the governor.
A high court judge in Owerri, Okon Abang, had earlier sacked Ikpeazu as the state governor, declaring that he was not qualified initially to fly PDP’s flag. But in his consequential order, he declared Oche Ogah who came second in the party primaries the rightful governor of the state.
Alex Otti approached the courts, seeking to be joined in the matter, citing relevant sections of the Nigerian Electoral Act which forbids a candidate who did not go through all stages of election from being declared winner.
The Appeal Court struck out Otti’s appeal, the reason for which he approached the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court, in granting Otti his appeal, held that Justice Okon Abang erred by not considering Otti in the consequential order he gave upon delivering the judgement.
The forgery case is still at the Supreme Court.