SDP: Appeal court hears suit challenging Jerry Gana’s candidacy, set to give judgement

The court of appeal in Abuja has on Tuesday, heard brief in a suit filed by The Social Democratic Party (SDP), challenging emergence of Professor Jerry Gana as the presidential candidate of the party.

Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja had on December 14, 2018, sacked former Governor of Cross River, Donald Duke, as SDP flag bearer declaring Mr Gana as the rightful candidate of the party in the 2019 election.

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The appellants are; Donald Duke, SDP, its national chairman, Chief Olu Falae; the National Secretary, Shehu Gabam; the Chairman of the party’s Presidential Screening Panel/Deputy National Chairman South of the party, Tunde Adeniran.

At the resumed hearing, counsel to all appellants, Wole Olanipekun (SAN) adopted his brief and urged the court to overrule the judgement of the lower court.

Olanipekun also prayed the court to strike out a motion filed on December 21 which sought for certain reliefs including a stay of execution of the judgment of the High Court and injunctive reliefs against Prof. Jerry Gana, pending the determination of the Appeal.
Counsel to Gana, Pius Akubo (SAN) urged the court to disregard the submissions of the appellant.

Justice Abdul Aboki who led a three-man panel struck out the motion for stay of execution and reserved judgement for a later date which is yet to be communicated.

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