A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, has penalized the presidential candidate of African Action Congress, (AAC) Omoyele Sowore for filing what the court considered a frivolous court process.
Justice Z. D. Senchi awarded the sum of Five Thousand Three Hundred Naira (N5, 300.00) as penalty against Mr. Sowore and all other Plaintiffs in favour John Momoh (OON).
Presidential Candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC); Mr Omoyele Sowore protested his exclusion from the Presidential Debate of 19 January 2019.
In the suit filed by African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore And Dr. Rabiu Ahmed Refai Vs. Nigerian Election Debate Group Ltd/Gte, Incorporated Trustees Of The Broadcasting Organization Of Nigeria And John Momoh (Oon) with suit number CV/652/19 Plaintiffs asked the court to declare the exclusion as discriminatory and contrary to Electoral Act 2010 and Fundamental Human Rights.
They also asked the court to order and set aside the exclusion and restraining the Defendants from organizing the 2019 Presidential Election Debate.
On the last adjourned date, Mr. Sowore and Dr. Rabui were both in court with their counsel (Inibehe Effiog, Esq.) as well as the counsel (Ayo Ogundele, Esq) and the representatives of Nigerian Election Debate Group Ltd/GTE And Incorporated Trustees Of The Broadcasting Organization Of Nigeria.
John Momoh was not in court, his team of lawyers led by Onyekachi Umah, Esq were in court.
The counsel to the Plaintiffs sought to orally discontinue action against John Momoh.
Court insisted same must be done properly in writing. Having already filed a defence and preliminary objection, Onyekachi Umah, Esq insisted that cost must be awarded in favour of his client; John Momoh.
The court finally struck out the name of John Momoh as well as all claims against him.
Unfortunately for Mr. Sowore and his team, the Judge who was presiding over the matter was a vacation judge standing in for other judges on Christmas holiday and as such could not proceed with the hearing of the entire matter.
Consequently, the judge transferred the case back to the Chief Judge of Federal Capital Territory for reassignment to another judge. The Presidential Debate has come and gone but Mr. Sowore did not participate and his case lives on.