Action Alliance: Supreme Court Dismisses Udeze’s Appeal in 2022, Party Reminds INEC
By: Femi Mustapha
The Action Alliance (AA) has called the attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to the dismissal of an appeal filed by a former member of the party, Mr. Kenneth Udeze before the Supreme Court.
The party stated that INEC’s reliance on Udeze’s claim that he has a pending suit before the Supreme Court is baseless and unfounded as the appeal was dismissed in December 2022.
In a judgment delivered by Justice Kudirat Kekereekun on December 7th, 2022, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent, the apex court dismissed Udeze’s appeal outright.
In suit number SC/CV/1259/2022 filed by Kenneth Udeze against Adekunle Rufai Omoaje and others, Udeze appealed against the judgment that authenticated the emergence of Omoaje as the national chairman of the AA.
Udeze, who had been suspended and subsequently expelled from the party, had approached the Supreme Court to appeal against the judgment won by Omoaje, but his case was dismissed alongside 49 other cases.
Justice Kekereekun held that the suit was dismissed pursuant to Order 6 rule 3(2) of the rules of the Supreme Court for want of prosecution.
To this end, the party advised the INEC Chairman, Prof Mamood Yakubu, not to be cajoled by the antics of Udeze, as he has no locus standi to represent the party or challenge it in any capacity, having lost the membership of the party and failed in all the courts he approached.
Besides, the party urged INEC and its chairman, in particular, to respect all court judgments in favor of the party and its national chairman, Dr. Omoaje.
It should be recalled that Udeze had written a letter dated November 4th, 2022, by his counsel, Mr. Emeka Ozoani SAN, addressed to the judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja, intimating the court of his pending appeal before the Supreme Court.
Omoaje, however, expressed worry about why INEC could respect a letter more than court judgments.