The ownership tussle in APGA was replayed in the Anambra court.
A mild drama unfolded on Monday at the Federal High Court, Awka, following the appearance of three counsels, purporting to represent the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, in a suit.
Charles Nwazojie had filed the suit for himself and on behalf of the Ward, Local Council Areas and State Executive Committees of APGA, against six defendants.
The defendants are the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC; Inspector-General of Police; Anambra Commissioner of Police; APGA; Maxi Okwu; and Egwuoyibo Okoye, respectively.
The court, presided over by Justice Mohammed Salihu, had in the suit on April 15, restrained Maxi Okwu and others from parading themselves as officials of the party.
Two counsels, however, put up argument on who should represent the political party at the resumed hearing on Monday.
Onyechi Ikpeazu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, led a team of lawyers to announce appearance for APGA based on the mandate given to him by Mr. Okwu.
Mr. Ikpeazu also urged the court to set aside the issue of representation of APGA pending the determination of the suit.
However, another counsel, Kingsley Awuka, announced appearance for the party with a letter of authority from the National Chairman of the party, Victor Umeh.
Mr. Awuka further told the court that a third counsel had earlier put up appearance for the party.
“Upon enquiry at the Registrar of the court, I found out that a counsel, Ifeanyi Ezekwelu, has been purporting to appear for APGA. He was the first to make appearance for APGA. He has even filed a motion on notice dated and filed April 17.
“I am surprised that a team of lawyers announced appearance, but did not mention Ezekwelu,” Mr. Awuka said.
Mr. Awuka said that the issue of legal representation for APGA was a fair hearing matter which should be resolved in favour of the APGA he was representing.
Mr. Salihu after reviewing their submissions, adjourned the case to April 30, to enable the parties sort out the issue of legal representation for the party.
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