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New Supreme Court justice withdraws from Abia governorship petition appeal

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New Supreme Court justice withdraws from Abia governorship petition appeal

A petition challenging the nomination of Abia governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, as the nominee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 election was stalled at the Supreme Court on Wednesday because Justice Amina Augue recused herself.

Augie who is only two months old on the bench of the nation’s highest court withdrew herself from the seven-member panel hearing the suit because she was a member of the panel which decided the appeal at the Court of Appeal in Owerri. That appeals panel had dismissed the suit against the governor¬†filed by Uche Oga and Friday Nwosu.

In fact, the petitioners had filed a petition against Augie, accusing her of bias at the Appeals panel, and influencing the proceeding in favour of the governor.

Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, who presided at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, adjourned the matter following Augie’s withdrawal. He said a new date would be communicated to parties after it would have been approved by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

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