The Court of Appeal in Abuja has reserved ruling on the application by a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Umar Ardo seeking to appeal a High Court judgment which dismissed a suit challenging the eligibility of the President Goodluck Jonathan to run for president in 2015.
One Cyriacus Njoku, who was the plaintiff at the Abuja High Court had filed an appeal challenging the judgment of Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi (now a justice of the court of appeal) after the judge dismissed his case.
Not satisfied with the judgement, Njoku had approached the court of appeal to challenge the judgement.
However, Ardo was not a party to the suit at the Abuja High Court but applied to appeal the judgment. In his application to join the suit, he said that he wanted to to contest for the president under the platform of the PDP.
Jonathan through his counsel, Ade Okeaya-Inneh (SAN) opposed the application on the ground that the applicant has not shown sufficient interest in the appeal and how his interest would be affected by the outcome of the appeal satisfy the provisions of section 243 (1) (a) of the constitution to enable him qualified to be made a party.
Mr Ardo is claiming that the decision of the Abuja High Court raised “grave points of constitutional law and jurisprudence that is the first of its kind in Nigeria.”
Ruling has been reserved for a date to be communicated to the parties.