A Federal Capital Territory High Court has fixed May 25th for continuation of hearing of the appeal filed by one Edet-Godwin Etim who is challenging the swearing in of the Akwa-Ibom State Governor-elect. come May 29th.
When the matter was called on Wednesday Counsel for the respondent, Paul Usoro informed the court that his team of lawyers had filed a supplementary record arising from the ruling of the magistrate court.
Usoro however said that the announcement of Ibrahim Idris as counsel for the appellant did not follow the rules of professional conduct, as the affidavit of the main issue was sworn to by one Chinyere Aputazie, the counsel who earlier represented the appellant.
Usoro said that the appellant should have noted earlier that Chinyere Aputazie was going to be a witness in the suit, and should have rescued herself from the suit.
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Ibrahim Idris, who earlier announced his representation for the appellant, however, withdrew the further affidavit impugning the supplementary record of the respondent’’.
Justice Suleiman Belgore who presided over the appeal is also to rule on the actual legal representation of Etim and other applications before it.
Edet-Godwin Etim had earlier approached the Magistrate court Wuse Zone 6, Abuja alleging abuse of office by the governor-elect who was a Chief Executive Officer of a company he works for and had refused to pay him his entitlements.
In the substantive suit, the appellant is praying the court to stop the swearing-in of the governor-elect come May 29th
Editor: Paul Akhagbemhe